How to create a hedgehog hole

How to create a hedgehog hole

Help hedgehogs get around by making hedgehog holes to link up gardens in your neighbourhood.
Happy hog

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.

hedgehog highway kit


You will need:

A fence panel



Coping saw


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 and influence connectivity!

Hedgehog highway fence panel

Step 1

If your neighbour is happy, remove a fence panel.

Hedgehog highway measuring

Step 2

Measure and mark a 13cm x 13cm hole at the bottom of the panel

Hedgehog highway saw

Step 3

Ask an adult to help you cut the hole using the coping saw


Step 4 

If there are very rough edges, use sandpaper to smooth them down

Hedgehog highway sand

Step 5

Put your fence panel back. Your hedgehog highway is now open for business!

Remember to record your hedgehog hole to the national network at Hedgehog Street!

Want to go a step further? Why not build a hedgehog home in your garden?

Want to help?

Adopt a hedgehog

John Bridges

Gillian Lloyd