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Carol Ann

Is it too late to make a hedgehog house?  If not, where can I find instructions?

Thank you.


Lots of helpful info here

We have a bought wooden hedgehog house, and some that we've made ourselves - both types have been used by the hedgehogs.  There are some basics requirements, and it's good if it can have a 'tunnel' inside it to ensure safety from cats, dogs and foxes.  Correct siting is important, so it doesn't fill with water, and is snug and not exposed to the coldest temperatures - but all the info is on the website. 



I have a hedgehog using an old disgarded flower pot for many years.  It is a large terracotta pot that had broken around the rim and I had turned it upside down and plonked it behind a plum tree.  To my total surprise a hedgehog took in grasses and ferns and set up home which it or it's descendants having been using for many years.  No sign of it hibernating yet this year.

I have built a hedgehog house and to my suprise it now has an inhabitant! we have 3-4 hedgehogs in the garden per night, they are eating dog food, mealworms, chopped nuts and fresh water.My question is ... when do we stop feeding them, as the one in the box only seems to be eating the food near the box and then returning to the box. We dont want to interfere with the hibernation


They won't hibernate properly until the weather gets quite a bit colder - but it seems that your hedgehog has bagsied your box  

Don't stop feeding them until the weather is really cold and they have stopped visiting the feeding stations for a week or so.  The longer they keep feeding in the autumn the better able they will be to survive a long hard winter.  They'll hibernate when the weather and their bodies tell them to - feeding them won't stop it happening. 


Urban Wildlife

Just a quick question how big a gap in the fence do hedgehogs need to get in to your garden?


Don't think it has to be too big UW. About 6" or so. I'm sure someone will correct that if i'm miles out! My problem is that b****y cats come in as well through the gaps I leave under the trees.  I've got a nice quiet little corner by the shed so I'm hoping I might get a visit from one now and again.


urban wildlife  . are you in cheshire 


I'd say 6" x 6" is fine  - our builder cut a little archway , and built some steps and ramps for the Shady Bank  - yes cats come through too, but pretty warily as I might be the other side !!!  

Urban Wildlife

Thanks to Fairygirl and Dovefromabove, thats great thanks.

Archiepem, born and lived in Cheshire for many years before moving to Rochdale.



its never too late to build a hog house. please re-site bonfires before lighting, they are very tempting homes for hogs. they only hibernate because there is no natural food so sometimes dont if food is available particularly if they havent gained sufficient weight. if you see one during the day contact your nearest wildlife rescue as a matter of urgency there will be something badly wrong with it.


I have a "mini bonfire" on my plot that was planned for hogs to hibernate in.  I've never disturbed it so have no idea if it's used or not.  It's right in the dingy corner mind you so they could be having all kinds of booze fuelled parties and I would be none the wiser.

I bought a hogilow that was shown on Autumnwatch last year. In the first year I had nothing. However this year i moved the box and I now have a little visitor all tucked uo  so pleased. I also have a massive pile of logs after removing a rather large Leylandii hedge. Hopefully I'll have hedgehogs in there too



Great news Michelle.  Anything we can do to try and increase hogs is good news.

The majority of hedgehog rescues will encourage you to supply fresh  water and food at all times. Even when a hedgehog has started to hibernate (and they dont all do this) they can wake periodically and waste valuable energy looking for food. I tend to stop putting cat food out once i notice the lack of visitors but i then put dry cat biscuits out instead as these can be left for a couple of days if uneaten.....i then trow them on the lawn for the birds to finish off.  



I am still putting out hedgehog food nightly. My hedgehogs show no sign of hibernating! The bowl is empty each morning.


We had a hedgehog hibernating in our compost bin last year and I'm not sure whether he has taken up residence again. I thought about putting food out but we have had a problem with rats before and I don't want to encourage them again. What can you do about that problem?

Hello, I've set aside an old bucket under a pile of twigs and next to some straw. However, I am renovating the garden and would like to keep working over winter on various projects. How far from, or close to, the hedgehog house can I work and how do I tell if anyone has moved in? Thanks


We renovated our garden around a hibernating hedgehog and didn't know it was there until we nearly stepped on it.  After that we made sure we didn't disturb that patch but new fences (with hedgehog gates of course) were erected and other stuff was done around there - that was 3 winters ago and the hedgehogs are still around. 

Each winter, as well as having several hedgehog houses we have piles of logs, leaves, twigs, runner bean haulms etc stacked up in corners of the garden - we don't know if they're used until late spring when hibernation is over and we clean them out  - it's not a good idea to disturb them so we treat each area as if there's a hedgehog in it - at the moment they're visiting regularly and feeding every evening - even waking us up at 4am pushing a dish around on the terrace!