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Hedgehog Walkways | Wildlife Friendly Fencing

A hedgehog in front of a fence with a green hedgehog walkway sign

Enhancing Hedgehog Habitats

Each evening hedgehogs come alive, venturing out on their nightly explorations in search of food and shelter. Hedgehogs can travel up to one mile every night through our parks and gardens in their quest to find enough food and a mate. If you have an enclosed garden you might be getting in the way of their plans. In our increasingly urbanized landscapes, these adorable creatures face obstacles when trying to traverse from one garden to another. But fear not there are many ways you can help these amazing creatures roam freely at night.

Introducing our Hoggy Walkway Signs

2 images. A green hedgehog walkway sign on a fence and a black hedgehog walkway sign

Understanding the Need for Hedgehog Linking Fencing

Hedgehogs are essential members of our ecosystem, helping control insect populations and contributing to a balanced environment. Sadly, their numbers have been declining due to various factors, one of which is the fragmentation of their habitats caused by impenetrable fences and walls between gardens. These barriers prevent hedgehogs from accessing sufficient food sources, mates, and suitable nesting spots.

Creating hedgehog-friendly environments is crucial for their survival. Hedgehog linking fences are an effective way to connect neighbouring gardens, enabling hedgehogs to move effortlessly, foraging and exploring to their hearts' content.

At Brent Lodge, we are dedicated to promoting wildlife conservation and making a positive impact on the environment. Ideally fences or walls should have a small 13cm squared gap at the bottom, allowing hedgehogs to pass through easily, promoting a seamless transition between gardens. Our Hoggy Walkway Signs are designed to help you implement hedgehog linking walkways in your garden, facilitating safe and free movement for these adorable creatures.

How Do Hoggy Walkway Signs Work?

Hoggy Walkway are ingeniously simple yet effective in allowing hedgehogs to roam freely. We include 2 Hoggy Walkway signs in our pack, one for you and one for your neighbour. It is important that the hole is not blocked. To ensure this doesn’t happen, your neighbour needs to be happy to create a pathway for the hedgehogs too. This is a great opportunity to talk to your neighbour and work together to help the hedgehogs in your area. These weather-resistant and durable signs are placed above the gaps in the linking walkways to prevent the gap mistakenly being blocked, guiding hedgehogs through the pathways without obstruction. By using our Hoggy Walkway Signs, you play a crucial role in connecting habitats and creating a hedgehog-friendly network throughout your community.

A hedgehog in grass

The Big Hedgehog Map

Introducing hedgehog walkway mapping - an impactful initiative by Hedgehog Street to take your hedgehog conservation efforts to the next level! By using this interactive map, you can easily plot and share the locations of your hedgehog walkways, created with the help of our Hoggy Walkway Signs. Mapping these routes allows fellow enthusiasts and concerned individuals to see the growing network of hedgehog-friendly pathways in your community. Together, we can celebrate our collective efforts in making our neighborhoods safer and more accessible for these adorable nocturnal creatures.

The Impact of Your Contribution

Purchasing Hoggy Walkway Signs from our website not only benefits hedgehogs but also contributes to the overall well-being of your local ecosystem. Here's how:

  1. Hedgehog Conservation: By providing hedgehogs with the means to move between gardens, you are enhancing their chances of finding food, shelter, and potential mates, which is essential for their breeding success.

  2. Biodiversity Support: Hedgehogs help control insect populations, and by ensuring their survival, you are indirectly contributing to a balanced ecosystem with healthy plant life and diverse wildlife.

  3. Community Engagement: Implementing hedgehog linking fences using Hoggy Walkway Signs can inspire your neighbours and friends to join the cause, creating a united effort to conserve local wildlife.

  4. Educational Value: Involvement in hedgehog conservation raises awareness about the importance of preserving natural habitats and encourages responsible practices among the community.

Why not go one step further and create or buy your own hedgehog feeding station. These are specifically designed to prevent other creatures from entering the feeding area providing a safe place for hedgehogs to feed on supplementary food such as cat/dog food. Contact us to get your free step by step guide on how to make a hedgehog feeding station. Remember to keep clean to prevent any nasty diseases or bacteria from making hedgehogs poorly.

A plastic tub upturned with 2 bricks on the top. A hole has been cut and hedgehog is walking inside

How to Get Your Hoggy Walkway Signs

Heard enough? Purchase your Hoggy Walkway Signs directly from our online shop. By doing so, you will be directly supporting hedgehog conservation initiatives and fostering a hedgehog-friendly environment in your neighbourhood. All proceeds from the sale of our signs will help care for hedgehog casualties at Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital. We admit over 500 hedgehog casualties every year. Many are sick, injured or orphaned and require specialised care and rehabilitation. Our aim is to get as many of these creatures fit and healthy for release back to local natural habitats - contributing towards the UK's efforts to increase their population our our local area.

Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital provides care, compassion and dedicated wildlife rehabilitation. Nestled in the heart of West Sussex, our wildlife hospital has been a well-respected source of wildlife casualty care to the local community, veterinary clinics, RSPCA inspectors and wildlife police officers since its inception over 50 years ago.

Our hospital offers a comprehensive range of services, including emergency veterinary assessments, surgical procedures, specialised treatments, and extensive rehabilitation-to-release care. Our team of skilled veterinarians, knowledgeable staff, and passionate volunteers work round the clock to ensure that each patient receives the highest standard of care.

It is our joint responsibility to protect and preserve these wonderful creatures. By investing in Hoggy Walkway Signs, you can actively participate in safeguarding hedgehogs and ensuring they can roam freely from garden to garden, without the barriers of fences hindering their journey. Let's work together to create a hedgehog-friendly world, where these delightful creatures can thrive and enchant us for generations to come. Purchase your Hoggie Walkway Signs today and be a part of this heartwarming conservation effort.

By Asha Park

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