Bad news for green spaces with a planned funding cut of 60% by 2020. Not only are green spaces, incredibly valuable for encouraging people to engage with nature but offer habitat to many urban species that without these habitats would be restricted to gardens, which are increasingly enclosed and paved. In my work radio-tracking hedgehogs I have frequently found hedgehogs foraging on amenity grassland such as playing fields, parks and church yards. The management of these spaces provides habitat rich in earthworms, a high energy prey, which draws hedgehogs to them. I have found multiple hedgehogs foraging on these patches at once, with males been attracted to both the worms and the many females foraging there.
City parks could soon be left untended unless an army of volunteers can be recruited to plug the gap left by budget cuts, a coalition of environmental and countryside groups has warned. Britain's precious green spaces are under threat from flawed planning policy and a crisis in parks funding, a report by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the National Trust and the RSPB with seven other major green organisations claims.