How you can help save the hedgehog

by Jane on January 9, 2016


(Photo © Kichigin/ and BHPS)


Hedgehog populations have been declining by about 25% in the last 10 years. One thing we can do to help them is to make sure they can move freely between gardens, so that they have enough to eat and space to make a home.

Jacksons Fencing have brought out a hedgehog-friendly gravelboard to go under fencing, so the hogs can get between gardens. (The page also features a cute video of them using one.) It has a suitable-sized hole at one end, with a reinforcing strip along the top to keep the board strong.  If you want to create your own hole, see this hole template for how big to make it.  You can even add your hedgeholes to  the ‘Hedgehog Street’s Big Map.

Hedgehogs are hibernating at the moment, however here is a summary of other things that will help:

  • avoid leaving netting around that they could get caught up in,
  • check an area before strimming, raking or lighting bonfires, for any hedgehog homes
  • avoid slug pellets unless they are ‘wildlife friendly’; hedgehogs will hoover up slugs for you, in any case
  • if you have a pond, put a shallow side into it or a ramp of some kind so that if they do fall in, they will be able to get out again
  • next autumn, provide nesting sites (see below)

You can download the Wildlife Trust booklet, Get Creative for Hedgehogs , which is full of facts and further advice on how to help hedgehogs. It also contains instructions for building your own ‘hedgehotels’.

In South Northants. we are lucky to have a thriving group called Brackley Hogwatch, which will help if you are concerned about a hedgehog; go to Elsewhere you can consult the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

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