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Hedgehog House

(9 customer reviews)

£35.00

What’s not to love about hedgehogs? Give a hedgehog a safe home to hibernate in with this well-crafted hedgehog house. This sturdy hedgehog house is made of 15mm thick redwood, finished with a non-toxic stain to make it more durable. It has a little “porch” to enable it to be properly sheltered while it snoozes away the winter.


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Description

Sadly hedgehogs have declined dramatically and need all the help from us they can get.

Why are hedgehogs threatened?

As with much of our other wildlife, hedgehogs have suffered from having their habitat destroyed and fragmented. Read all about it on the Hedgehog Preservation Society’s website.

What can we do to help hedgehogs?

Something as simple as putting a hedge-hog sized hole in the bottom of your garden fence means hedgehogs’ territory can be extended into the wider neighbourhood to suit their requirements. Also please please don’t use poisonous slug pellets. The hedghogs eat the poisoned slugs and die a painful death. It’s distressing to watch. Use wool pellet slug pellets or use other means of keeping them down. And encourage hedgehogs, the best slug killers of all!
Also leave untidy parts of your garden for hedgehogs to hide in, and check before setting light to a bonfire in case a hedgehog has made it into a home.

How to use the hedgehog house

Just put the hedgehog house in a quiet part of the garden where it’s not going to be disturbed all winter. Think about how bare everything’s going to look when everything’s died back, and make sure the hedgehog box is somewhere that will still be sheltered. I had one tucked between a shed and a wall that was used by a rescued hedgehog for years. Leave dead leaves and sticks and stuff around for a hedgehog to pull into the box. We used to put straw out for “Mrs Hog” which she made a right mess of but dragged a lot into the box. Don’t try to put it in the box for him or her – they’ll want to arrange it just right so they can tuck in and sleep the winter away.

How do you know if the hedgehog house has been used?

It’s tempting to lift up the box and see if it has any occupants but this is the worst thing you can do. You can usually tell by bits of nesting material that the box has been used. Leave it until well into the spring before opening it up to clean it out. In fact, if you can just find a good spot and leave it alone, that’s the best thing. Your hedgehog will clean it out the following autumn before hibernating in it again.

Will the hedgehog use it at other times of the year?

What we found with ours was that Mrs. Hog liked to hide in other parts of the garden while she was active. She preferred to use the box in the winter when she needed somewhere safe and weather-proofed, and there wasn’t much other cover. But if you leave it in a good place it might be used at other times of the year.

felted hedgehog peaking out of a hedgehog house

9 reviews for Hedgehog House

  1. Syrene

    Hedgehog House

    Good quality hedgehog house, already in situ in my garden and being used nightly as a feeding station. Regularly visited by at least 3 different hedgehogs.

  2. Kenny

    Excellent hedgehog feeding station

    Brilliant house, currently using as a hedgehog feeding station. Very handy as it keeps cats away from stealing the food. Very impressed 😊🦔🐾💕

  3. Emmasgran

    Good buy.

    Husband added waterproof rubber roofing, but very well made. Two rescue hedgehogs moved straight in and are happily living in our garden and coming out nightly to feed. Very pleased with our purchase.

  4. Cartero

    Adorable

    It’s great ! Glad I got it ! Got the juvenile hedgehog close to it with food.. hoping it will make it its home soon!!
    Looks lovely in garden

  5. Woodsie

    Excellent for our little visitor!

    Great design and quality of build. Haven’t removed the top to check if it is watertight as don’t want to disturb anything that may be sleeping in there. Definitely getting a hug going inside for the food though 👍

  6. Chiaroscuro

    Great Quality and Size

    Really good size with a protected entrance for the hedgehogs. It’s a solid and well made house and great value for money. I’m very happy with it and hopefully the hedgehogs will be too.

  7. margaret ann bond

    happy customer

    Good house bigger than I thought well worth the money going to buy another one for ourselves last one is a Xmas present for granddaughter

  8. D. P. Williams

    Desirable residence

    Larger than expected, but well made and once located in my garden,looked unobtrusive.I placed a layer of rubber over it to help protect it.After filling it with straw and placing extra straw just inside the entrance,our resident hog moved in and over a few days after toppling up the straw he/she had obviously made a suitable nest. The hog is now well at home in this house.

  9. Mrs. M. T. Noakes

    Hedgehog 5* hotel

    A very smart hedgehog house. Beautifully made. Well worth the money

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