Posted: 30/10/2016 at 08:53
Yes, be careful not to disturb the hedgehogs - we nearly stepped on one hibernating in a bundle of grass and leaves when clearing an overgrown bank shortly after moving in here.
And if you're putting up fences don't forget to leave access/egress points for the hedgehogs - they need to range over quite a wide area each night, and males can travel up to 3km in search of females. We have little arched 'gateways' at the foot of our back fence and the hedgehogs come in and out in the summer. Lots of info here http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/
Your garden sounds great - I agree with the others, don't rush things - see what appears and get to know the sunny and shady spots, the areas that catch the wind and find the places you'll want to sit out and read in ... and enjoy