Hedgehog Boxes 

Hedgehog Homes

In The Wild

Efficient winter nests are essential if hedgehogs are to survive hibernation. Thus, in autumn, they begin to collect leaves, grass, straw, bracken, reeds etc. and use these materials for building their own nests under hedgerows, fallen logs or piles of brushwood. These “HIBERNACULA” prove to be surprisingly waterproof and good insulation against the cold.

In The Natural Garden

Most gardens have a supply of the materials mentioned above and suitable sites for nests - under sheds, compost heaps, shrubs and piles of leaves or behind stacks of logs and under spare building materials. In these circumstances, if hedgehogs want to spend a winter here, they should be able to get on and build their own shelters. However, you may wish to provide your ‘resident’ hedgehog with, (or encourage any in the vicinity to become ‘resident’ in your garden by the provision of), a more permanent structure.

In The More Formal Gardens And In Other Enclosed Areas

Where hedgehogs are being cared for (eg after an injury or when orphaned) they will probably need nests made for them.

Hedgehog Hazards

Compost heaps
Be aware that hedgehogs might be nesting in your compost heap before you dig in the fork to turn it over ... check first!

Fruit nets
Avoid fruit nets or mesh as hedgehogs and other animals can get tangled in them.

Lawn mowers
Hedgehogs can be killed by strimmers, so either avoid them or take great care. Also be careful when you’re using a lawn mower, especially when cutting long grass.

Slug pellets
Slug pellets can be fatal to hedgehogs, as can weedkillers and other chemicals. Hedgehogs will already be on pest control duty anyway.

Access
As hedgehogs have a fairly large territory, they may use a number of different gardens to forage for food. If you want to encourage them make sure there's an easy way in and out of yours.