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Hedgehog houses

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    I’ve been feeding a hedgehog, Bertie, for 18 months. He was seen in our garden looking for food during the day so I fed him and have been putting cat food (or hedgehog food) out every night since, and he eats every scrap. I put 2 hedgehog houses in the garden last year, both screened from the sun and nicely tucked out of the way so as not to be in a windy spot, but he isn’t using either of them. Can anyone advise me as to the best place to site the houses to encourage Bertie to try them out? Thanks.

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    Hi Slugfest

    Sometimes hedgehogs take a while to ‘accept’ a new house, and won’t use them until they become part of the landscape, so I think if you placed them in accordance with the guidance from Hedgehog Street
    I would be inclined to leave them and they might eventually be used.

    If you put lots of potential nest material nearby, it might give him the idea, so leaves, grasses, hay, etc. You might like to put a very small amount of material in the box to start it off, but many hedgehogs prefer to make their own nests.

    Good luck.

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