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  • Thanks for the advice everyone...

    Unfortunately the ramp idea is not feasible, as the fence is 6 feet high (5 foot wooden fence on top of a 1 foot concrete base). Replacing the concrete base with a wooden one is a possibility, however I think the easiest idea to start with would be to try a channel dug underneath, as mentioned on the hedgehogsteet.org website (thanks for the link).

    I haven't discussed this with my neighbour - however the place I am thinking of putting the tunnel backs onto an area of their garden that they have allowed to become overgrown with shrubs (and probably a great home for our local wildlife) - so they wouldn't notice a small tunnel underneath the panel!

    Thanks again,

    Col.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 30,364

    I think the ramp idea was just to get over the concrete, then make a hole at the bottom of the fence panel.

    Won't a tunnel dug underneath flood?

    Devon.
  •  "I think the ramp idea was just to get over the concrete, then make a hole at the bottom of the fence panel."

    Duh - that would make sense wouldn't it! I was imagining hedgehogs scrambling over a 6 foot fence on my rickety ramp !!image I'll get me coat...

    I might give the tunnel a go (I can always fill it in again if it doesn't work). The ground is fairly stony, so I would hope any accumulated water would drain away fairly quickly...

    Thanks again...

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923

    my mother has just recently dug tunnels under all her fences and put in a short length (about a foot in length) of my leftover land drain in the holes, the tunnels don't collapse and the tunnels drain out after flooding in heavy rain, she did this three months ago and she had hedgehogs in the garden within two weeks! the more entrance/exits you can make the more likely you are to get hedgehogs - plus feeding them helps!

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 30,364

    Spikey is coming much later for supper these last few nights, but he's still coming and that's what counts.

    Devon.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 30,364

    I think he's eating somewhere else. He's not eating as much , so maybe he's coming to me for seconds?

    Devon.
  • Lyn wrote (see)

    Northern Lass, I think you have put your finger, or thumb on the icons in the posting box .....one says B the other U underlined, just click on them again and it will go away.

    Hostafan, now what would you know about bullshitting with confidence? imageimage

     

    Believe me if it were that easy I'd have done it.   I do know forum technology and this forum has some of the most erm... "unique and interesting" configuration.    (See what I just did image )

    It's somehow got caught up with the hyperlink and even though I've clicked the icon to post as plain text and been back on edit and posted it all again it's well and truly stuck in bold and underscore.

    Anyway it's REALLY important

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 30,364

    I believe Lyn's post was meant in good faith and in no way suggesting you're stupid.

    Devon.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 42,229

    If you have a jigsaw, you can cut a circular one easily, or drill a hole at the top two corners then join them up with the saw to make a square one. Not so easy with an ordinary saw, but you could do it well enough with the hole drilling method hollie image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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