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We made a successful hedgehog house from a sturdy wooden orangebox obtained from a greengrocer, part of one end removed for an entrance. Covered with thick plastic stapled on, with cut outs at the sides for ventilation.
I placed it in the corner of the garden with the entrance facing one of the fences and about 6" away, so it was like a little corridor, then I put some heavy bricks on top and around to protect from the wind etc.
I got some pet hay from the garden centre and put some inside - not too much - later we watched a hedgehog gathering dry fallen leaves and taking them into the box.
Make sure you choose a sheltered corner well where it won't flood in heavy rain or snowmelt.
Of course, this sort of hedgehog house is only safe in a garden which cannot be accessed by dogs, foxes and badgers.
Yes Marine Ply is good but you want it fairly thick, I would generally go for minimum of 3/4" and an inch thick if you can get it as it helps with insulation and prevents it rotting for a little longer.
The wood you mustn't use is the pre-treated wood as the preservatives can leach out and can be harmful to wildlife
If of any help I built a hog house myself recently and drew up the plans for my blog so I'm attaching them in case they prove useful to anyone...
I've had to cut and paste this picture so I hope it can be viewed ok? If not and anyone wants the plans just send me a personal message and I'll forward them on....
I recently contacted my local wildlife rescue home, described my garden to them and asked if I could have a couple of hedgehogs for my garden. They agreed and are going to contact me in the spring when they are out of hibernation, they are going to give me a male and female I'm also asking neighbours to cut small holes in their fences to allow walk-ways for for them. There's no guarantee that they will settle in the home I build for them but it's a start.
Sounds like a good plan kjdintown.
Am I right in thinking hedgehogs like eating slugs and snails.