• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown day 48: make a hedgehog highway

Hedgehogs need corridors to get from one garden to another. Help them along with a hole in the fence or an underpass.

I hope hedgehogs numbers are on the rise during lockdown. A 2018 surveys showed their numbers dropped by 30% in under 20 years. This fella is one of many that hangs out in the gardens in my street, (thank you Nancy). Hedgehogs can roam up to 2km a night so it is crucial they can get from one garden to another to find food and a mate.

There has been great communication with my neighbours this weekend to discover the likely routes these guys are taking. My garden is fenced off with chainlink fencing to keep the dog in, but I have built in underpasses along the way. Hedgehogs only need about 13cm square hole in a fence to get by.

The British Hedgehog Preservation Society has a great leaflet on how to encourage spiny friends into the garden here. They are also lobbying the government to make hedgehog highways in new housing developments compulsory, (here) which seems like a jolly good idea.

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