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Selco Launches New Hedgehog Friendly Gravel Boards

May 18th, 2023
Selco Launches Hedgehog Friendly Gravel Boards

At Selco Builders Warehouse, we’re helping to make the country’s gardens more wildlife friendly by launching brand new hedgehog hole gravel boards.

Hedgehogs travel up to one mile every night looking for food, nesting sites and mates, but solid concrete gravel boards often restrict how far these small mammals can travel. We are playing our part in helping to secure the future of the UK’s hedgehogs by stocking Supreme Pro Hedgehog Hole Gravel Boards across our 75 stores for the first time. Our brand new hedgehog gravel boards feature a 13cm hole, providing a safe route for hedgehogs and other wildlife to move with ease between different gardens and habitats.

Recent reports suggest that up to three quarters of Britain’s rural hedgehogs may have been lost in the last two decades, even being classed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ in the British Red List for Mammals in 2020.

Carine Jessamine, marketing director at Selco, said: “We are delighted to be offering homeowners around the UK the chance to make their outdoor spaces more wildlife friendly by stocking the hedgehog gravel boards. “Hedgehogs need large areas of uninterrupted land to thrive and ‘Hedgehog Highways’ allow them that freedom to roam.

“Currently at least 19,000 ‘Hedgehog Highways’ have been created across the UK and it would be fantastic to see that number rise significantly.

“We will certainly be encouraging our customers – the professional tradesperson – to install these products when carrying out garden renovations for their clients.”

Grace Johnson, Hedgehog Officer for Hedgehog Street - a nationwide campaign by People’s Trust of Endangered Species and The British Hedgehog Preservation Society - is delighted to see the new addition to Selco’s range.

Grace said: “One of the key threats facing British hedgehogs is habitat fragmentation with buildings, walls and fences limiting their nightly movement and isolating populations.

“Creating Hedgehog Highways and offering hedgehog friendly gravel boards are a fantastic, and easy-to-install solution to this problem, providing the access that hedgehogs so desperately need. We are delighted to see Selco Builders Warehouse acting responsibly and adding these products to their range.

“We hope more retailers will follow suit and we can extend the number of Hedgehog Highways across the UK.”

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