Rabbit Fence installation guide

The following is a guide to help you choose the right materials for installing a rabbit proof fencing. Please note that these guidelines are aimed at the private / domestic installers. Where a professional installtion is required, please refer to the contractors installation guidelines.


NETTING WIDTH 1.05m 1.2m
FENCE HEIGHT 0.9m 1.05m
TURNED IN AT BASE Min 150mm Min 150mm
ANCHOR POST DIA. 75-100mm 75-100mm



1. Install an anchor post every 50m or where there is any change of direction. Ensure that a minimum of ⅓ of each post is in the ground. Use a post driver to install posts. Domestic installation with small diameter posts can be installed using sledge hammer, but protect top of post with a flat piece of timer to prevent the post splitting. Ensure that all posts are installed vertically

2. Anchor posts should be supported with angled timber struts - approx at a 45˚ angle and buried into the ground

3. Intermediate posts should be installed  at equal distances from 2m - 3.5m max apart using the same process as the anchor posts.

4. Ensure route of fencing run is level with no obstacles in the way

5. All wire netting should have a straining line wire installed to hold the mesh taut at the top of the fence. This should be installed to the sames height as the top of the fencing. The line wire should be wrapped around the anchor post and tied back round itself securely.

6. A ratchet tensioner can be used and installed to the anchor posts to tension the line wire between anchor posts. The ratchet can tension the wire by winding up with a spanner or socket wrench

7. The galvanised wire netting should be installed starting by wrapping round the first anchor post and securing using u nails.

8. The bottom 150mm (minimum) of the netting should be turned in at 90˚ angle flat to the ground and either buried, turfed or fixed using pegs to prevent burrowing underneath the fencing. (This means a 1.05m roll of netting should be used to make a 900mm high fence)

9. A second straining line wire should be installed at ground level inside the 90˚ angle that is turned in flat to the ground.

10. The galvanised rabbit fencing should be fixed to the intermediate fencing posts using the u-nails at regular intervals

11. The top of the fencing should be fixed to the tensioned line wire using galvanised clips / hog rings.

12. Terminate the fencing round the final anchor post using the same process as round the first anchor post

13. Check the fencing for sufficient fixing to all posts and straining wires along the length

14. Check the 150mm (minimum) 90˚ turn in is adjacent to the ground, pegged or buried with no gaps

Fencing Anchor Post with angled strutting

Install the anchor posts with angled timber struts

Wire mesh wrapped and fixed arounf timber anchor post

Wrap netting around anchor post

U nails fix wire rabbit fencing and line wire

Fixing netting using galvanised u-nails

Rabbit fence turned in 150mm at right angles at the base of the fence to stop burrowing

Minimum 150mm turned at base at right angles and turfed and buried

Fix line wire to the anchor post and tie on itself

Fix line wire to the anchor post and tie on itself

Use tensioning ratchets to tension the line wire

Use tensioning ratchets to tension the line wire

Use hog rings and pliers to fix the line wire to the rabbit wire

Use hog rings and pliers to fix the line wire to the rabbit wire

Full installed rabbit proof fencing

Finished rabbit proof fencing

You should now have a suitable rabbit proof fence

Please note that for professional installations, please refer to your contractors installation instructions. Suregreen Ltd provide this guide as guidance onlt and cannot be held responsible for installation errors, fencing failures or misleading advice.




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