It has been reported that Hedgehog numbers have plummeted by more than half since the year 2000. Although it is difficult to pinpoint exact numbers, largely due to their nocturnal and solitary nature, there is certainly a worrying trend indicating the demise of the nations favourite prickly mammal.
The trend seems to indicate that Hedgehogs now prefer suburban habitats and that they can be entirely absent from arable areas. Areas in and around towns and villages can be excellent habitats for Hedgehogs and Hedgehogs often prefer them over farmland . Britains gardens are however becoming poorer homes for wildlife with increased paving, decking and reduced plant life. Alongside this an increase in housing developments and more roads being built are contributing to a huge loss of connectivity between greenspaces, leaving Hedgehogs isolated.
Stockport Fencing Ltd are now producing concrete base panels that are pre-cast with a ‘Hedgehog hole’. These holes allow free movement of Hedgehogs within our urban environments. We hope that creating these hedgehog highways will provide the opportunity for hedgehogs to roam freely between gardens to forage for food and potentially find a mate. They can be placed in a corner of your garden or positioned behind plants or shrubs to be almost invisible.
We hope that this simple change to your fencing will go some way to stopping the decline.
Please join us and request that a Hedgehog friendly base panel is included with your fencing order.