Learn to build and repair fences.

This handbook describes the design and construction of fences. It is primarily aimed at those concerned with the management of land for conservation and amenity, but the materials and techniques described are applicable to fences built purely for agricultural or other purposes.

It contains everything you need to know about fencing – their design, siting, the law, health & safety. All aspects of construction are covered in detail and step by step.

What to expect

Fencing subjects

Background info


Loads of background information – design and siting, the law, safety, tools and equipment, as well as the materials used for fences.

Constructing a fence

Fence strainer schematic diagram

Clear, step-by-step instructions on all aspects of designing and constructing a fence – post and wire, wooden and electric fences and much more.

Uses, gates & stiles

Sketch of a pedestrian gate

Design and construction of other types of fences and a range of gates and stiles. Includes deer fencing, tree protection, sand fencing.

Fencing: a practical handbook – chapters

The original, printed TCV handbook “Fencing, a practical handbook” contained 134 pages. Every one of these pages is included in these digital versions.

A brief introduction to constructing and repairing fences.

A look at fence design, how to choose the right type of fence and factors to consider when siting it.

Fence ownership, maintenance, trespass and the many other legal aspects of fencing.

The important aspects of health and safety while working on fences.

A description of the materials for post and wire fencing, including posts, wire, stock netting and hexagonal netting.

Handling, straining, fixing and joining wire, fence mechanics and designing the fence line.

A step by step guide to constructing a post and wire fence – the most common type of rural fencing.

A detailed look at the materials and techniques used when constructing wooden fences.

A look at permanent and temporary fencing of cattle, sheep, horses, deer, rabbits and other animals.

A range of fencing with very particular uses. Tree protection, deer fencing, sand fencing and more.

Providing access points for vehicles, stock or people. Provision must also be made for rights of way.

Financial help may be available for fencing, where the fencing is required as part of other management work.

Some useful information about where to get training for fencing activites.

A list of suppliers of fencing tools, materials and components.

A list of the publications referred to in the text, as well as others relevant to the subject of fencing.

What is in the handbooks?

Step by step

All the processes in the handbooks are explained in easy to follow language, using step-by-step guides that are ideal for all levels.

Clearly Illustrated

Over 2,000 helpful illustrations accompany the text, adding clarity.


The handbooks cover all the topics you need to improve your skills and knowledge.


Written by conservation experts, the handbooks are highly valued by users across the conservation sector.