If you leave a messy patch in a quiet undisturbed area of your garden then hedgehogs might make their own nest there either to hibernate in or to rear their young. However, if you want to improve your chances of having a resident hedgehog you could either buy or make them a home. There are a number of places to buy a hedgehog home ranging in cost and style but if you are handy then click here for instructions on how to make one.
Some things to bear in mind are:
- When siting the box choose a shady, quiet area of your garden.
- If you do not follow the design below then please make sure that you include an interior tunnel or dividing wall to prevent predators such as badgers or foxes from getting to the hedgehog with their paws.
- We recommend using untreated wood for hedgehog homes. Wood from certain softwood tree species grown in the UK, such as larch, Douglas-fir and red cedar have excellent durability as exterior timbers. Pre-treated wood can contain chromated copper arsenate (CCA) compounds that are hazardous to many species. PTES promote the use of locally grown timber which encourages good woodland management practices.