New signs to be installed across the country warning motorists to be aware of wildlife
New road signs are to be installed across the country warning motorists to be aware of wildlife, in particular the UK garden favourite the hedgehog, who’s numbers have declined over the years.
The new signs will show a hedgehog within a triangular road sign with the traditional red edging, warning drivers that there’s hedgehogs in the area.
The move by the Government will help the prickly little hedgehogs get across highways more safely and hopefully boost their declining numbers.
“The great British hedgehog may be a prickly character, but they are close to all our hearts and especially mine. The fall in the number of hedgehogs is a great concern to me so, as Parliamentary Hedgehog Champion, I want to do all I can to help halt this decline,” said Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
Mr Grayling has asked if road signs can be produced showing that small wildlife is in the area, to make drivers aware of their presence and hopefully protect species like the hedgehog.
Back in the 1950s, there was around 30 million hedgehogs in the UK but this number has fallen dramatically over the years to an estimated one million and it’s motorists who are thought to be one of the main reasons.
“Chris Grayling is the hedgehog champion in Parliament, so it’s great that he’s taken this idea forward,” said a spokesman for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
The hedgehog population will benefit from new road signs alerting drivers to the fact that they could be in that particular area. A good number of motorists will slow down and this could make a huge difference.
Hedgehogs aren’t the fastest of animals and tend to curl up when there’s any danger around and their prickles don’t help them in any way when it comes to cars and other vehicles on the road.
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