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development of the ‘hedgehog highway’: a

gap no larger than 130 × 130mm is sufficient

to allow even the fattest autumn hedgehog

through but too small for most pets.

Hedgehogs are good at finding

passageways, as long as the space is at ground

level, so there is considerable freedom

regarding positioning of the hedgehog

highway. To maximise connectivity, a hole

is recommended for every boundary of the

garden to link up with as many neighbouring

spaces as possible.

New-builddevelopments

Concrete gravel board fencing systems are a

very common part of the landscaping in new

residential developments.They are also likely

to become more commonplace, if political

rhetoric surrounding housing quotas are to

be believed. Unfortunately, these fences act

as a permanent barrier to hedgehogs – who

cannot dig or climb.There is significant

interest from developers for an off-the-

shelf solution, which is where the readers of

Concrete

can potentially help.

The‘gap’in themarket

A few fencing companies (eg, Jacksons,

Jarretts,Quercus) have developed wooden

fencing systems with in-built hedgehog

access.

Louise Tomlin,marketing manager

of Jackson’s Fencing, explains how the

firm became a trailblazer in hedgehog

conservation.“It was really down to

getting buy-in from the directors. They

were persuaded by marketing and were

enlightened enough to support the idea.”

The intensifying media coverage of the

hedgehog crisis flagged the problem, then the

main issue of ensuring the strength of their

wooden gravel board was not compromised

was resolved by Jackson’s ‘timber craftsmen’.

As yet, there is no commercially available

concrete panel with a hole in it. If you work

for a company that could potentially develop

such a product then please e-mail: henry.

johnson@ptes.org.

Reference:

1. PEOPLE’STRUST FOR ENDANGERED SPECIES.

Stateof

Britain’sHedgehogs2015

. Available at:

www.ptes.org/

hedgehogtrends

.

‘Hedgehog highways’connect up patches

of land.

(Photo:Sue Myers/Hedgehog Street.)

There is great need for a hedgehog-

friendly version of this type of gravel

board.

(Photo:Henry Johnson/PTES.)

Concrete gravel board fencing systems are a

very common part of the landscaping in new

residential developments.