Build a cosy hedgehog home, and encourage these prickly yet adorable creatures to rest, hibernate and raise their hoglets in your garden.
It is estimated that there were over 30 million hedgehogs in the UK in the 1950s. But recent estimates suggest there are less than a million left. By building a hedgehog home you will be providing them with somewhere they could shelter, hibernate or ether raise little hoglets!
You can make your hedgehog home when you like, but putting it in place during spring or summer means it will be ready when they’re house-hunting in autumn.
Once your hedgehog home is in place, don’t worry if a hedgehog doesn’t move in right away – they are so scarce these days that it may take time. And remember that you won’t see any activity between October and March or April, when they’re hibernating.
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How To Build A Hedgehog House
Make your hedgehog home
Now you’ve finished making your box, find somewhere suitable to put it
Cover the outside in a pile of woody garden cuttings and leaves
Monitoring your hedgehog home