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South Kesteven District Council has launched a campaign to support hedgehogs as part of Hedgehog Awareness Week.

The council is urging residents and staff to pay attention to hedgehogs and will be putting British Hedgehog Preservation Society stickers on its strimmers reminding operators to check for hedgehogs before starting work.

The council has also created some wild meadow areas on the edge of some if its municipal open spaces including Tattershall Drive, Market Deeping, and Jubilee park in Deeping St James.

The public can also make a difference by creating small holes at the bottom of wooden fences to allow the hedgehogs to roam freely and leaving a shallow dish of water in gardens.

District council member for the environment, coun Dr Peter Moseley, said: "Hedgehogs used to be a more common sight and although their decline is not fully understood, we can all make a difference to help protect their numbers."

Anyone finding a hedgehog they are concerned about should call the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801 for advice.

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