Campaigner and soldier known as 'Major Hedgehog' dies

Adrian Coles and a hedgehog Image copyright British Hedgehog Preservation Society
Image caption Maj Coles founded the British Hedgehog Preservation Society

A wildlife campaigner who became known as "Major Hedgehog" has died at the age of 86.

Maj Adrian Coles, from Knowbury, near Ludlow in Shropshire, founded the British Hedgehog Preservation Society in 1982 after trying to rescue a hedgehog stuck in a cattle grid.

The society successfully campaigned to have escape ramps for the animals fitted in cattle grids.

The charity said they were "deeply saddened" by the loss.

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'Debt of gratitude'

Maj Coles, who was also a Shropshire county councillor, was awarded an MBE in 2000.

Recently he moved to London and became a Chelsea Pensioner.

He died at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Thursday.

Fay Vass, chief executive of the society, said: "We are deeply saddened by loss of someone who did so much for hedgehogs.

"We owe a debt of gratitude to Adrian, who leaves our thriving active charity as a legacy to us all.

"Our work will continue - that is what Major Hedgehog would have wished."

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