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Hedgehog Awareness Week Day 2: Think Hedgehog Highways

6th May 2019

Ensuring hedgehogs can pass freely through your garden is the most important thing you can do to help them.

Why do hedgehogs need holes in fences?

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.

DIY ‘Hedgehog Highways’

13cm by 13cm is sufficient for any hedgehog to pass through. This will be too small for nearly all pets. You can:

  • 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

Credit: Gavin Crawleyrd, Hedgehog Champion

Label your Hedgehog Highway with this cool sign

These snazzy labels are laser cut from recycled plastic and can be pinned above your hedgehog hole to ensure it is not blocked by anyone accidentally.