Fencing

Hedgehogs typically roam between 1 and 2 kilometres every night, often visiting multiple gardens when foraging for food. Modern-day fences are designed for seclusion and privacy, which can be detrimental to local hedgehogs since fences prevent movement between garden properties. This causes hedgehog populations to become increasingly isolated, and impairs their ability to forage for sufficient food. Private gardens can be excellent habitat for hedgehogs, but if surrounded by solid fences, hedgehogs have no ability to access these areas. An easy way of increasing access to enclosed spaces is to cut a 5-inch (12-centimetre) hole into the fence board or the lower panels of your fence to provide unrestricted access for Grace and her friends to forage. This highway can be used freely by visiting hedgehogs. When possible, use environmentally safe wood preservatives on sheds, fences etc. as hedgehogs often lick new smells or substances—your local garden centre should be able to advise.

Repair wooden fences that blow down in the wind as quickly as possible or hedgehogs may be tempted to make their nests underneath them.

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