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

Sean Hill's superb hedgehog highway

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.

David Orme demonstrating how to cut a hole in a wooden fence panel

Always enlist the help of an adult with power tools

    • 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

Trevor Acreman thinking outside the box at the salvage yard!

N.B. Ensure you are careful with tools and get the help of an adult

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.

Label your Hedgehog Highway with this cool sign

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

Lazer cut from recycled plastic, use this sign to label your hedgehog highway for posterity

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Profits will support our conservation work.

Off-the-shelf hedgehog-friendly fencing solutions

You can buy pre-made hedgehog-friendly gravel boards from:

Or other standard fencing solutions are offered at:

Have a look at this link for more about wildlife friendly (and not so friendly) boundaries.

Take action now!

1) Pledge to make a hole in your fence or wall

2) Once you’ve made a hole, map it on the BIG Hedgehog Map

3) Become a Hedgehog Champion and make sure your neghbourhood has hedgehogs in the future

A screen shot from BBC Countryfile 2012