Campaigning duo make a stand for hedgehogs

Sophie and Kyra pictured earlier this year at the Taylor Wimpey site at Arden Heath Farm, where netting was installed.

CAMPAIGNING schoolgirls have scored a major victory for Stratford’s hedgehog population after convincing a local housing developer to help the animals.

The group Hedgehog Friendly Town, comprising of friends Kyra Barboutis, 13, and Sophie Smith, 12, drew attention to a section of hedges which had been tightly covered with netting by developer Taylor Wimpey, close to its proposed housing development at Arden Heath Farm.

The netting has been installed to prevent birds nesting and therefore being disturbed when the developer gets around to removing the hedges.

However Hedgehog Friendly Town realised that hedgehogs, who may well already be hibernating in the hedges would be trapped when they woke up.

Accompanied by ward councillor Kate Rolfe, who has been working with Taylor Wimpey to get improvements made to the design of the development, the group met with a representative of the company this week.

For the full story see this week’s Stratford Herald.