The new scheme is believed to be one of the first in the South West to consider the hedgehog population in the area

Homes at a new housing development in Barnstaple are being made 'hedgehog friendly' to encourage wildlife to the area.

Redrow's Glenwood Park development in Roundswell is introducing Hedgehog Highways to its range of two-to-four bedroom homes.

Garden fences and walls will feature a small, 13cm by 13cm gap, as recommended by The British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Henry Johnson, hedgehog officer at the People's Trust for Endangered Species, believed Hedgehog Highways were a first-of-its-kind in the South West.

An example of a Hedgehog Highway.An example of a Hedgehog Highway.

He said: "Redrow are the first developer in the South West to consider hedgehogs.

"With careful planning there is no reason why new residential developments cannot have thriving hedgehog populations and we hope this cheap, easy and attractive feature becomes the norm for all gardens."

Michele Jones, area sales manager at Glenwood Park, said she was 'really pleased' to launch the scheme at the development.

She added: "We hope that the scheme will not only encourage hedgehogs, but lots of other types of wildlife to the area."