A network of hedgehog highways will be built throughout the gardens of Houlton’s new contemporary sustainable homes in a bid to help prevent the ongoing decline in their population.
The latest housebuilder to join the growing Rugby neighbourhood, Civic Living will include passing points in garden fences to allow the mammals and other wildlife to move freely across the site on their quest to find food as part of the nationwide “Hedgehog Street” scheme.
It comes as the State of Britain’s Hedgehogs report revealed hedgehogs have faced a rapid decline in recent years, with 50% of rural hedgehog populations and 30% of urban hedgehog populations having been lost since 2000.
The initiative, launched by wildlife charities People’s Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), aims to encourage the nation to make gardens more hedgehog friendly to help protect Britain’s much-loved species.
Part of the Urban&Civic group, the master developer behind the expansive development, Civic Living’s selection of two and three-bed homes will feature a host of cutting-edge energy efficient technology and open plan flexible living space perfect for the environmentally conscious homeowner.
Galina Bardarska, Urban&Civic at Houlton, said: “We are delighted that the newest homes here at Houlton will feature hedgehog highways. Protecting and creating the diverse ecology and wildlife on site is one of our key priorities, and this small but significant feature of Civic Living gardens will enable this endangered species to thrive and flourish.
“As well as hedgehog highways, we are home to acres of outdoor space, habitats, ecology corridors, wildflower and mature trees, and we hope that the new network of hedgehog highways will further enhance the vibrant wildlife at Houlton.”
In addition to the “Hedgehog Street” scheme, PTES and BHPS have also launched a series of top tips for homeowners to encourage people to become “Hedgehog Champions,” including creating a wild corner in gardens, leaving out suitable food and water, and checking habitats before cutting the lawn.
Grace Johnson, Hedgehog Officer for Hedgehog Street added: “We know how much people love hedgehogs, but also how much they’re in trouble. Gardens are a fantastic habitat for hedgehogs if they have the right features and are connected to neighbouring gardens and/or green spaces.
“Hedgehog highways like the network at Houlton and our “Hedgehog Champions” challenge will significantly help protect population numbers in the UK. We already have over 90,000 amazing Hedgehog Champions who have made their gardens hedgehog friendly, and hope in our birthday year we can make that 100,000!”
Set within 1,200 acres of open space, Houlton is already home to over 500 families and offers residents expansive outdoor space and a host of first-class amenities on site, including an award-winning eatery The Tuning Fork, a community centre The Barn, an adventure play park, and outstanding education at St Gabriel’s Primary School.
Civic Living will become the fifth housebuilder on site, joining Redrow Homes, Crest Nicholson, Morris Homes and Davidsons Homes.
Prospective homeowners can register their interest in Civic Living homes by downloading the Civic living app from the app store; via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on 07384 817 700. Its show home and marketing suite is expected to open later this Spring.
For more information about Civic Living visit civicliving.co.uk
Homeowners who would like to become a Hedgehog Champion can find out more at www.hedgehogstreet.org/happy-birthday-to-us