Brits urged to make gardens more hedgehog friendly in bid to halt animal's rapid decline

As hedgehogs awake from ­hibernation at this time of year, gardeners are urged to show them some love to help slow down their steep decline.

The Sunday Mirror understands the loss of hedgerows and new farming techniques are hitting hedgehogs hard, with the prickly population dropping from almost 36 million in the 1950s to under one million.

Fay Vass, from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, said: “The decline is steep and ­worrying and we need to act if we stand a chance of ­reversing it.

“Everyone can do their bit, in ­particular by linking the pockets of land where

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