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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 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 5inches square and so should not affect your pets’ safety.

You could:

  • 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

hedgehog-porous garden boundaries

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.

Why not become a Hedgehog Champion and link up with your neighbours?

A screen shot from BBC Countryfile 2012

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Hedgehogs have surprisingly long legs and a short tail.