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. Chainlink fences can be cut or simply pulled up. Concrete fences and walls can be drilled by a builder. In Surrey Heath we can organise this for you so please email us for details
Repair wooden fences that blow down in the wind as quickly as possible or hedgehogs may be tempted to make their nests underneath them.