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Hedgehog road signs to go up after dozens are killed

One little resident at Brockworth Hedgehog Rescue. Photo: ITV News

A hedgehog sanctuary in Gloucestershire has persuaded the local council to place warning signs on the roads after a number of fatalities.

Vicki Oliver started the centre with just a few cages, now she's just opened a custom built hog treatment centre in her back garden.

On our road last year we lost 29 in total. That I know about, there may be more in the lanes that I wasn't told about. This is one of the signs I had made, they will be going up on Ermin Street and Shurdington Road. Six on Ermin Street and four on Shurdington Road.

– Vicki Oliver
Vicki Oliver set up the Brockworth Hedgehog Rescue in her back garden. Credit: ITV News

Milder winters mean the hedgehogs are not hibernating for as long as they used to. Younger animals are out and about across the countryside, getting themselves into danger.

This poorly hedgehog gets looked after at the centre. Credit: ITV News

Vicki has persuaded her local council to put up signs on two stretches of road after mapping just how many hedgehogs are hit by cars there.

Hedgehog crossing signs will go up on several roads in Brockworth. Credit: ITV News

Once the council has decided on the most appropriate and safest place to erect the signs they will go up, hopefully helping to save the lives of this increasingly rare garden visitor.