Housebuilder teams up with local pupils to create ‘hedgehog highway’ at Fife development

SPRINGFIELD Properties has teamed up with pupils at Strathkinness Primary in Fife to create a ‘hedgehog highway’ at its new development to mark National Hedgehog Day.

Through small openings in the fences, the highway will connect each garden development just off High Road.

Working with Fife Council, Springfield has agreed to install the openings to enable hedgehogs to roam in gardens, which will reduce how far they need to travel to forage for food and reduce road crossings for their safety.

The local school pupils have been tasked with designing the frame that will go around the windows to form the ecological corridors, with the winning design to be installed in the gardens.

Springfield regional sales director, Liz Cleghorn, said, “Strathkinness is a beautiful rural village and is home to ample wildlife. As with all of our developments, careful consideration has been given to the environment and local biodiversity.

Hedgehogs are in decline across Scotland, and are hedgehog highway is intended to help safeguard those which call our development home. We’re very much looking forward to seeing the designs the pupils come up with.”

Strathkinness Primary teacher, Jill, added, “We’re really excited to get the kids involved with the hedgehog highways at Springfield’s Strathkinness development. In the past, we’ve found a hedgehog near the school and contacted a local hedgehog sanctuary for him to be rehomed safely, since then the pupils at our school have been very interested in hedgehogs and are keen to help them where possible.”