How to build a hedgehog home

How to build a hedgehog home

By providing safe places for hedgehogs to live, you’re much more likely to see these prickly creatures in your garden.
Hedgehog house illustration

Sadly there are fewer than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK. They need homes just like humans, so making one for them is a great way to encourage them into your garden. 

You will need: 

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Hammer and nails 

2 metal hinges

Soil

Dry leaves

Straw or dry grass

Newspapers

Polythene sheeting

20mm untreated FSC plywood boards (birch is ideal!) cut to the sizes shown

A quiet shady spot

Hedgehog access to your garden

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How to build your hedgehog house: 

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Step 1
Cut your timber to the dimensions shown. Assemble the tunnel and main chamber separately, attaching the feet and the hinge flap before putting the box together will make things a little easier. Don't be tempted to skip the tunnel - it means that predators won't be able to swipe their paws inside! The tunnel will be slightly shorter than the height of the opening so that it can be slotted in at an angle, making a ramp. 

Step 2
Pick a shady, quiet spot to put your assembled hedgehog house. Lift the lid off the house, and put the newspaper, leaves and dry grass inside.

Step 3
Cover with polythene sheeting (making sure it's still accessible for cleaning later on), and pack soil and dead leaves around the outside, leaving the entrance and air pipe are free of debris.

Remember:

Clear out the hedgehog house once a year (late March – early April) to prevent the build up of pests. Do not clean it out if a hedgehog is in residence!

Making a log pile or compost heap are also good options for providing space fro hedgehogs to nest, and have the added bonus of attracting lots of insects for them to eat! 

Want to create a simple hedgehog house?

Make a hedgehog house from a plastic storage container 

Want to help?

Adopt a hedgehog

John Bridges

Gillian Lloyd