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Make a hedgehog highway
Create tunnels to help hedgehogs travel freely. Could you even make a whole neighbourhood network?
Last edited: 13/11/2023
Before you get started
Talk to any neighbours
If your fence connects to a neighbouring garden, you will need permission to create tunnels for hedgehogs.
Here are a few points to discuss:
- The benefits of a hedgehog highway
- Ownership of fences
- Pets who might try to get through the tunnel
- Design of the tunnel (so it looks nice for your neighbours)
Make your hedgehog highway
Plan a network
Think about how hedgehogs might enter and leave your area.
One tunnel allowing entry from a natural habitat (for example, a woodland) will give hedgehogs the opportunity to visit your area.
A series of tunnels connecting different natural habitats and neighbours will give hedgehogs even more freedom to explore.
There may already be access points being used, such as underneath hedgerows, showing there are already hedgehogs in the area while offering other benefits to wildlife.
Create a tunnel
Always ask an adult for permission and help before you start. There are two ways to make a highway, but for each make sure the holes are a minimum of 13cm by 13cm (6 inches by 6 inches).
Use a small saw to cut a section from a wooden gate or fence panel. Use clippers to snip through plastic or metal fences.
Use a trowel to dig a tunnel under the barrier.
Make sure to sand any wood to avoid splinters.
You could also create tunnels using wood, plant pots or pipes to keep hedgehogs safe from anything sharp. They might also help hedgehogs spot the highway!
Receive your certificate
Take a photograph of your hedgehog highway.
Upload the photograph below to receive your certificate.
Our friends at Hedgehog Street would love it if you also recorded your tunnel on this map: bighedgehogmap.org
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