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Hedgehog highways petition nears 1m signatures
Hedgehog numbers in the UK have fallen by 95 per cent since the 1950s.

Appeals for hedgehog-safe tunnels to be made legal requirement

A petition calling for all new housing developments to include hedgehog highways in their layouts has been gaining considerable attention and is now nearing 1 million signatures.

Launched by ecologist and author Hugh Warwick in 2018, the petition asks that the government ensure that all future housing developments in the UK build 13cm holes in the bottoms of fences – known as hedgehog highways.

These tunnels allow hedgehogs to move freely between gardens, enabling them to locate food and potential mates more easily.

According to the change.org page where the petition is hosted, hedgehog numbers in the UK are estimated to have dropped by 95 per cent since the 1950s. Action is needed as soon as possible to provide a better environment for the animals to thrive, and the commitment to building ‘hedgehog highways’ would be cheap and easy for developers to carry out.

The petition has contributed to several new initiatives in hedgehog preservation since its launch. In January 2020 national housebuilder Bovis Homes became the first developer to commit to introducing hedgehog highways in all of its current developments and future sites ‘wherever possible’. Since then multiple other developers have agreed to protect hedgehog habitats moving forward.

The petition has gained a great deal of traction recently, achieving more than 100,000 new signatures in the last two days alone. Currently more than 935,000 people have signed in total and supporters are taking action in their local area, contacting developers and asking them to make changes to help hedgehogs.

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Tickets on sale for horse welfare conference

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 Tickets are now on sale for the 'Welfare and Performance of the Ridden Horse' conference, due to take place at Nottingham University on Saturday, 11 December 2021.

World-renowned researchers, including Prof. Hilary Clayton and Dr Sue Dyson, will deliver the latest research updates. There will also be interactive Q&A sessions throughout the day, interactive polls and a fun evening of entertainment.

Organisers say that in the event of further coronavirus restrictions, day tickets will be transferred to livestream tickets. For more information about the conference and to book your place, click here.  

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SRUC to host virtual parasitology event for vet practices

Veterinary practices across the UK are being invited to an online CPD event hosted by Scotland's Rural College (SRUC). The event will include a 30-minute discussion on parasitology by Professor Neil Foster, head of the department of veterinary and animal science in SRUC's North Faculty.

The event takes place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday, 16 September (6-7 pm). Certificates of CPD attendance will be provided, and a questionnaire will be distributed following the event with ideas for future events and courses. Click here for more information and to book a place.