Posted: 20/11/2013 at 19:33
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.