Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Our prickly garden friends need all the help they can get

Editor's Viewpoint

Published 26/06/2015

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan's campaign to halt the dramatic decline in the number of hedgehogs is not some vanity project. For the prickly creatures, beloved stars in many a bedtime story, are indicators of the health of the natural world. That they have fallen in number in the UK from 36 million in the 1950s to fewer than one million today shows the crisis in our hedgerows.

Don't cut down that hedge, leave out a little food and try to preserve existing habitat - surely that is not too much to ask to protect one of the most fascinating and harmless creatures to visit our gardens.

Belfast Telegraph

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph