Link your garden
Hedgehogs travel around one mile every night through our parks and gardens in their quest to find enough food and a mate. If you have an enclosed garden you might be getting in the way of their plans.
We now know that one of the main reasons why hedgehogs are declining in Britain is because our fences and walls are becoming more and more secure, reducing the amount of land available to them.
We can make their life a little easier by removing the barriers within our control – for example, by making holes in or under our garden fences and walls for them to pass through. The gap need only be 13x13cm or 5 inches square and so will be too small for most pets.
- Remove a brick from the bottom of the wall,
- Cut a small hole in your fence if there are no gaps
- Dig a channel underneath your wall, fence or gate
If you are feeling particularly ambitious then the ideal option would be to swap your walls and fences for hedges. This would provide shelter, food and a route into an out of your garden, not to mention the benefits it would bring to other wildlife such as birds and bees.
- Have a look at this link for more about wildlife friendly (and not so friendly) boundaries.
- Click here for more information about how to remedy 'hog-proof fences.