Make hedgehog surveys & mitigation measures compulsory for all new developments.

The way we develop land has a direct impact on hedgehog survival. Preserving existing habitats and incorporating hedgehog-friendly features into new developments are essential for reversing their decline.
Developers must be required to conduct hedgehog surveys & implement mitigation measures.More details

All development sites must undergo hedgehog surveys by qualified ecologists to inform planning decisions.
Compulsory mitigations must include:
1. Legally require 13cm x 13cm gaps in all new fences & walls to allow hedgehogs to move freely.
2. Protecting existing habitats by prioritising the preservation of hedgerows, scrubland & other natural features crucial for hedgehog survival within development sites.
3. Enforcing responsible practices during construction to minimise impact on hedgehogs.

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