The man who put hedgehogs on the map has died

Major Adrian Coles MBE Credit: British Hedgehog Preservation Society

Major Adrian Coles MBE, who became nationally known as Major Hedgehog, founded the British Hedgehog Preservation Society in 1982 and was instrumental in giving the hedgehog the high profile that it now enjoys.

Major Coles was also a Shropshire County Councillor, Civic Head and Chairman, former Chairman of his local District Council (South Shropshire) and former Chairman of his Parish Council.

He was well known to Members of Parliament for his campaigns to help the hedgehog, had appeared many times on television and on radio broadcasts.

He was awarded an MBE for his services to the community on 2000, was an Honorary Alderman of South Shropshire and was a Freeman of the City of London.

Major Coles died at Royal Hospital Chelsea on 23rd March, aged 86.

Chief Executive of the Society, Fay Vass said: