• A landmark project launched today by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust has selected Solihull as the location for the UK’s first dedicated hedgehog conservation area, called the Hedgehog Improvement Area (HIA). Thanks to funding from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) the initiative has been developed in response to an alarming national decline in hedgehog numbers. The HIA aims to bolster the region’s hedgehog population, inspiring local people and organisations to take action to help one of the country’s most enigmatic and well-loved species.