How to make a hedgehog house

Do it:

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Takes just:

two hours

Hedgehogs need somewhere to hibernate in winter, so here's your chance to provide them with a cosy home. This wooden hedgehog house should entice them away from bonfire stacks and ensure they stay in your garden ready to feast on slugs in the spring.

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You will need

  • Wooden wine crate
  • 1.2m length of 15cm x 2cm untreated timber
  • 25mm galvanised nails
  • 1m length of hosepipe
  • Jig saw, drill and hammer
  • 25mm drill bit

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Start by making the tunnel for the hedgehog house. Cut the timber into four 30cm lengths and nail them together lengthways. 

Use a jig saw to cut a entrance hole 11cm x 15cm out of one side of the crate at the base.

Attach the tunnel to the crate by nailing it from the inside.

Drill a hole in the back of the crate and insert the hose, for ventilation.

Fill the crate with dry leaves and replace the lid. Hide the hedgehog house amongst soil and leaves, ensuring the entrance and air pipe are free of debris.

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Kate Bradbury

Kate Bradbury says

If you see a hedgehog out in winter, it’s probably too underweight to hibernate, and needs feeding. Leave food and water out every night until it’s no longer taken. Meat-based cat or dog food is best, ideally chicken or turkey flavor, in jelly rather than gravy. You can also buy hedgehog biscuits. If you see a hedgehog out during the day then take it inside, pop it in a tall-sided box, cover it with a blanket and keep it warm. Call the British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890 801 for further advice.

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