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Hedgehog highways in housing estates in Spalding, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Crowland and Donington could be one way to rewild South Holland

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Hedgehog highways and wild flower meadows could be some of the ways in which South Holland will be ‘rewilded’.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is appealing for communities to come forward with potential projects which could receive a share of £5million.

The trust, which is working with other groups, received £5million from the National Lottery Trust Heritage Fund for a project to create community-led rewilding projects as a lasting natural legacy in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Hedgehog highways could be one way to rewild South Holland
Hedgehog highways could be one way to rewild South Holland

Matthew Capper, head of public engagement and communications at the trust, is hoping communities across South Holland will step forward with potential projects.

He said: “We live in a world that is vastly nature depleted. The UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world.

“We want to bring nature back.

“The two keys to transformation is to change the way we manage and farm the land and for people to make small changes to their homes and gardens to help nature.”

Mr Capper is now hoping to hear from neighbourhoods or communities who would be interested to lead on projects, which will have a lasting legacy to help nature recover.

He said that ‘connectivity’ is key for nature in urban environments such as homes in an estate providing a ‘hedgehog highway’ with a small hole in the fences to allow these animals space to roam.

Ponds or wild flowers planted on strips around a community green space are other ideas along with nest boxes.

Mr Capper said projects like this would help ‘common’ species of wildlife that have seen their numbers depleted - and that it wouldn’t take long for improvements to have an impact.

He said: “We have a million hedgehogs in this country but we used to have millions.

“We think we have around 2 million skylarks but it just to be 10 million.

“Since England won the World Cup in 1966 we have lost 55million birds from the British countryside. That is the bird equivalent of the population of England.

“Little things can make a big impact and there is a collective impact of everyone making a small stop that is good for wildlife.

“That feeling of seeing nature and wildlife is good for us.”

For more information or to nominate your community go to www.wildlifetrusts.org/nextdoor-nature

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