So, what can we do? Well, lots! Hedgehogs can roam up to 2km in a single night, but a lot of our modern gardens are not accessible by hedgehogs, so why not install a ‘Hedgehog Highway’ (pictured above)? A simple hole, 13cm x 13cm in a fence, gravel board, gate or wall will do. If your garden connects to others, why not make a highway system to all your neighbouring gardens? You could also build a home for a hedgehog or make a feeding station providing somewhere warm to sleep and a place to leave food suitable for a late night foraging hedgehog. Whilst improving your gardens for hedgehogs take the time to remove the hazards in your garden, such as old loose netting or providing a plank out of a pond in case a thirsty hedgehog falls in!
The ‘Wild About Gardens’ website has a great booklet (button below) on hedgehogs with plans on how to make a hedgehog house and feeding station. Once you have improved your garden for wildlife, why not encourage your neighbours, village or town to do the same. Log on to the ‘Big hedgehog Map’ https://bighedgehogmap.org/ and record the location of your hedgehog highway(s) and any hedgehogs that you may spot visiting your garden!