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City signs up to support hedgehogs

Bristol City has signed up to help hedgehogs by taking part in the Hedgehog Friendly Football League!

The scheme, organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, has already seen Bristol City earning points and moving up the league!

The club is joining forces with the Society to promote awareness across the football community of how people can help protect hedgehogs.  This includes putting special campaign stickers on all mowing and cutting equipment to remind staff to check for hedgehogs before use.

British Hedgehog Preservation Society Chief Executive Offer Fay Vass said: “We have been delighted at the response to this campaign from the football community and thank Bristol City for getting involved.  Whilst there may not be many hedgehogs present at the Ashton Gate Stadium, we hope that it will save some lives by encouraging City fans to check areas before mowing and strimming, just like their team does! Hedgehogs have been in serious decline for some time now and we need to do all we can to help them.”

Ashton Gate Managing Director Mark Kelly said: “We are delighted to lend our support to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society in this fun scheme with a serious message.  We hope to spread the word about the problems hedgehogs face and how people can help them.  I would encourage everyone to take a moment to visit the Society’s website and find out how to get involved.”

As well as checking areas before cutting, BHPS has provided a list of other things people can do to help:

  • Create a CD case size gap at the base of boundary fences in gardens
  • Move piles of rubbish to a new site before burning it.
  • Ensure netting is kept at a safe height.
  • Check compost heaps before digging the fork in.
  • Stop or reduce the amount of pesticides and poisons used.
  • Cover drains or deep holes.
  • Ensure there is an easy route out of ponds and pools.

For more information on helping hedgehogs and to follow the league, see the Society website at www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk

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