Create a hedgehog highway to link gardens and give hedgehogs space to roam
Making a hedgehog hole to link your garden with others is one of the most important things you can do to help hedgehogs.
Hedgehogs need access to a large number of gardens and other habitats to find sufficient food and mates. They roam up to 2km a night between gardens, parkland and allotments. Habitat loss and people fencing in gardens and other green spaces may be a major contributor towards their declining numbers.
Make a 13cm (5 inch) square hole in or under any fences. This will provide hedgehogs with access but should keep any neighbouring dogs out. Remember to create a hole on all sides of your garden.
I love these hedgehog highway signs from the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. If you move house, it hopefully means that future residents will understand why the hole was created and keep it open.
You can also purchase special gravel boards that have hedgehog holes already built in from a number of fencing suppliers including from Jacksons Fencing.
When you’ve made your hedgehog holes, please map them on the Big Hedgehog Map to help build a picture of hedgehog habitats across the country.
Don’t delay – do it today! Then, when you’ve done it, ask your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to do the same….
I run a hedgehog hospital in York, England. Like all wildlife rescues, my work is entirely self-funded. You can find out more about how to support my work here. I also make nature jewellery inspired by British wildlife and the plants and flowers in my wildlife garden. Visit my shop here.
9 thoughts on “Hedgehog highways – how to build them”
Since cutting a hole in the garden gate (mapped on Big Hedgehog map, along with hedgehog hibernation dens), three pricklies have visited on a regular basis. But they’ve got to get out the same way they got in! Which doesn’t appear to be a problem. Clever little blighters!
Great comments as always Emma! Great blog full stop.