Hedgehog house

How to make a hedgehog house

We show you how to make a safe and sturdy home for hedgehogs.

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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 and snails in the spring.

Take a look at our handy video guide to discover lots more ways to help hedgehogs.

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You Will Need

  • Wooden wine crate
  • Untreated timber (15cm x 2cm, 1.2m length)
  • Galvanised nails (25mm)
  • Hosepipe (1m length)
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • 25mm wood drill bit

Total time:

Step 1

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

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Step 2

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

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Step 3

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

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Step 4

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

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Step 5

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 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.

Kate Bradbury

Ways to make your garden hedgehog-friendly

  • Don’t use pesticides or slug pellets
  • Leave small holes in fences and walls to allow hedgehogs to move between gardens
  • Ensure ponds have escape ramps made from stones or chicken wire
  • Avoid using netting over ponds, which can entangle hedgehogs
  • Check swimming pools regularly and leave polystyrene floats to help save trapped hedgehogs
  • Don’t use creosoted or tanalised wood when creating hedgehog houses
  • Keep drain holes covered
  • Instead of a bonfire use an incinerator, or move the pile to be burnt to the bonfire just before lighting