I’m still a novice; but it was only the other day I realised the more you learn, the more there is to know (and so much good advice to be found here.)
Thank you for your question because Nic’s answer re: feeding stations was revelation to me. Duh – silly me!
The sheet of Perspex at hedgehog height seems the perfect solution! Open to the air, easy to clean, cat unfriendly. The visitors in my garden liked to take their supplementary feed in the open (but of course we get British soggy rain) so currently using a more pliable plastic box.
But, I do wonder how many rigid plastic crates have been ruined trying to cut a hedgehog sized entrance? (creating more toxic waste.) Thank you Nic for alternative suggestions.
I once tried a cutting a hog sized hole in a polystyrene box as a feeding station; the pampered cat from next door (Mummy’s little darling!) got it’s head stuck. Oh, the shrieking and the wailing in the still of the evening! Mama’s little Princess was rescued – festooned in polystyrene. No hedgehogs were harmed in the extraction of the Prima Donna 🙂
PS – Money saving idea for Autumn hedgehog house; similar to the feeding station. A quiet corner of the garden, bricks with a paving slab on top, lots of fallen leaves etc nearby.
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