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How to create a hedgehog hole

Help hedgehogs get around by making holes and access points in fences and barriers to link up the gardens in your neighbourhood.

Hedgehogs need to be able to roam far and wide in search of food, mates and nesting sites - the average hedgehog roams 2km a night! Get together with your neighbours to make a hole in your fence or dig a channel beneath garden boundaries to connect your gardens.

You will need:

  • A fence panel
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Coping saw
  • Sandpaper
Most importantly your neighbours' cooperation! Keep an eye out for neighbours doing work on their gardens, or using fencing contractors - this is the perfect opportunity to get a hedgehog hole put in!

Building your hedgehog hole:
  • If your neighbour is happy, remove a fence panel.
  • Measure and mark a 13cm x 13cm hole at the bottom of the panel.
  • Using the coping saw, cut out the marked hole.
  •  If there are very rough edges, use sandpaper to smooth them down
  • Put your fence panel back. Your hedgehog highway is now open for business!


To record your hedgehog hole, go to the national network at Hedgehog Street: A joint campaign run by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS), Hedgehog Street aims to encourage people to link their gardens and make ‘Hedgehog Highways’ that are rich in insects and free from hazards.

Why not build a hedgehog home in your garden? This will encourage them to stay, giving them a safe place to hibernate over winter.