Creating holes in fences or walls for British wild hedgehogs can be beneficial for several reasons:
Habitat Connectivity: Hedgehogs often travel significant distances at night in search of food and mates. Creating holes allows them to move freely between different habitats, increasing genetic diversity and population health.
Foraging Opportunities: Hedgehogs may find food sources, such as insects and other invertebrates, on both sides of the fence or wall. Access to a larger foraging area can contribute to their nutritional needs.
Breeding Migration: During the breeding season, male hedgehogs may need to move between territories to find mates. Holes in barriers facilitate their movements, supporting the reproductive success of the population.
Escape Routes: If hedgehogs feel threatened or encounter danger on one side of the fence, having an escape route to the other side can be crucial for their survival.
Reduced Barriers: Barriers like walls and fences can be challenging for hedgehogs to navigate. Providing holes reduces obstacles, making it easier for them to traverse their environment.
Access to Shelter: Hedgehogs may seek out suitable nesting sites or hibernation spots on both sides of barriers. Holes in fences allow them to access these areas more easily.
Urban Wildlife Conservation: Hedgehog populations in urban areas face numerous challenges. Creating hedgehog-friendly environments by adding holes in barriers supports their conservation in urban landscapes.
We have collated some resources for you to use to help spread awareness. These might be useful if you want to know why the British Wild Hedgehogs need help. You might also like to view our download page for posters, flyers, reports, and guides on British Wild Hedgehogs.
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