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New signs featuring a picture of a hedgehog are to appear on UK roads to warn motorists of potential hazards caused by the spiny creatures and other small wildlife. They will be placed in areas with large numbers of animals such as hedgehogs, otters, squirrels and badgers. Current signs focus on smaller species such as toads or deer, and livestock. The Department for Transport says it hopes to help prevent accidents and reverse a decline in wildlife numbers. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling called on local authorities and animal welfare groups to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the new signs should be located. Recent estimates put the hedgehog population in England, Wales ... Full story

17 June