How to build a hedgehog home
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:
Hammer and nails
2 metal hinges
Straw or dry grass
20mm untreated FSC plywood boards (birch is ideal!) cut to the sizes shown
A quiet shady spot
How to build your hedgehog house:
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.
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.
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.
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!