Protecting Hedgehogs At Spinnaker
03 May 2022

Protecting Hedgehogs At Spinnaker

Hedgehog Awareness Week (1st ?" 7th May) aims to raise the profile of hedgehogs and highlight the important work that’s being done to protect them.

Hedgehogs will be able to travel safely at Spinnaker in Westbury, thanks to the hedgehog highways installed at the new Linden Homes development, built in joint partnership with Wates Developments ?" part of leading privately-owned construction, property services and development company, the Wates Group.

Site manager, Simon Foy commented: “We are installing hedgehog highways in the gardens of the next phase of homes and we’re pleased to be part of this wonderful initiative. The small 13cm by 13cm holes in the fences allow hedgehogs to travel easily between gardens and wilder areas, enabling them to find food, mates and shelter.”

Tips on how to make your garden hedgehog friendly:

  • Link your garden
  • Ensure there’s an easy route out of ponds and pools
  • Create a wild corner
  • Deal with netting and litter
  • Put out food and water
  • Stop using chemicals on your garden
  • Check carefully before mowing and strimming
  • Build a log pile

Simon added: “It’s also a good opportunity for nature-loving residents to learn more about the wildlife in their gardens and to see how these small changes can help to support efforts to protect the hedgehog population.”

Hedgehog facts:

  • They’re called hedgehogs as they root through hedges and undergrowth in search of
    food and make a grunting sound similar to that of a warthog
  • Their eyesight isn't very good. Instead, hedgehogs use their hearing and smell to hunt
  • A group of hedgehogs is called an array, although it's very rare that you'll see them

Spinnaker is an attractive development of three and four bedroom properties near Eden Vale lake. Located off Station Approach, the development is just a mile from the town centre, near local shops, schools and within easy access to the mainline Westbury train station.

For more information on the new homes at Spinnaker call 01373 441646.

For further information on the protection of hedgehogs, visit


Contact: Emma Mackay, Linden Homes, 077383 12960;

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