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Is it too late to make a hedgehog house? If not, where can I find instructions?
The BBC Naturewatch keep advertising that they have instructions, and the RSPB do too - this link takes you to a hedgehog rescue site though and they have instructions for a wooden one (which looks as if it would take a bit of skill) and some instructions for the handicraft challenged .... I'm pretty sure it isn't too late yet, it still feels autumnal rather than wintry. There are also lots of hedgehog homes for sale on ebay etc but they look fairly pricey for what is at the end of the day a glorified box!
Lots of helpful info here http://www.hedgehogstreet.org/pages/help-hedgehogs.html
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.
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 !!!
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.