If you need to stop a lion eating your livestock, plant Pyracantha. There have been many burglars claiming damages from householders for using them to stop them getting in to their properties. They are viciously prickly, but particularly attractive. They also look fab when planted up a wall, making the area not only look great but providing nesting birds safe haven from magpies and crows.
In winter the whole plant becomes covered in bunches of jewel like berries that provide a mass of food for the birds. Whilst not completely evergreen they will hold onto most of their bright green leaves until spring, it’s quite normal for them to suddenly cast off most of their old leaves as the new buds burst.
Quick growing shrub with a compact habit with semi evergreen foliage, spiky stems, clusters of white flowers and is swamped in bright gold berries in autumn.
Plant them close together and within a year or two they will be completely impenetrable.
Plant in moist well drained soil.