How to create a hedgehog hole

Help hedgehogs move through your neighbourhood by making hedgehog holes in your garden.

Hedgehogs can roam up to 2km every night through parks and gardens, but are often faced with impenetrable barriers such as wooden fences and brick walls. Make your garden hedgehog friendly with this simple activity, and encourage your neighbours to do the same to help your local hedgehog population.


© Jon Hawkins – Surrey Hills Photography

What you will need:

  • A fence panel
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Coping saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Your neighbours’ cooperation!



How to create your hedgehog hole:

  1. If your neighbour is happy, remove a fence panel.
  2. Measure and mark a 13cm x 13cm hole at the bottom of the panel.
  3. Using the coping saw, cut out the marked hole.
  4. Sand down any rough edges and replace the fence panel.

Once you’ve created your hedgehog hole, record it on Hedgehog Street. This joint campaign run by the People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society aims to encourage people to link their gardens and make ‘Hedgehog Highways’ that are rich in insects and free from hazards.

Time to complete

30 mins

Anticipated cost

Difficulty Level

Suitable location

Size of garden/greenspace

Best time of year

Associated wildlife


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