How to attract hogs into new build garden, near woodland.
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7th April 2023 at 3:03 pm #42067
We’ve recently moved into a new build property, brought our hog house with us but haven’t had any sightings. Our Turf is laid but no plants yet so not much protection. We are right next to woodland though so hoping a few hogs are around. Our developer is supposed to be putting hedgehog highways in to each new home, as of yet they haven’t and this is something myself and the neighbours are chasing them on. In the meantime, as we begin planting and building our wildlife garden is there anything you could suggest for us to attract hogs back, or is it just a matter of getting the garden sorted and wait?10th April 2023 at 1:19 pm #42120
Really pleased to hear you and your neighbours are chasing your developer re. hog holes. Hopefully you will be successful, but if not you may have to make some yourselves. There is some information here: https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/help-hedgehogs/link-your-garden/
It can be quite fun having a ‘blank canvas’, but also a bit daunting. I would be inclined to put some shrubs in (assuming size allows), maybe in a sort of hedge like effect, which might provide some natural nest sites once grown a bit, as well as providing leaves for nest building.
I have a few links re. gardening, which might be interesting. I’ll put them each in a separate post, as the forum doesn’t always like too many links in one post.
Good luck. I hope you manage to attract some hedgehogs.10th April 2023 at 1:21 pm #42121
This includes some features which you might like to include in your garden:
https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/help-hedgehogs/helpful-garden-features/10th April 2023 at 1:22 pm #42122
Just to show you don’t need to be too untidy to encourage wildlife:
https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/urban-gardens/10th April 2023 at 1:24 pm #42123
Some information from BHPS: https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/gardening-with-hedgehogs/11th April 2023 at 4:32 pm #42141
Thanks Nic. We’re ready to make start on the planting got quite a lot of space to cover which will include adding a wildlife pond. Just need to be patient. We’ll start on one side of the garden until we decide how to landscape the rest but hopefully it will provide some shelter. All the new residents are pushing for the hog highways, just wish the developer was as keen as they were when they added it to their marketing strategy ! Happy to add them ourselves but annoying when they should have been added from day 1.11th April 2023 at 7:29 pm #42156
Totally agree re. the developer and the hog highways. Very wrong of them to include it in marketing and then not create them. But brilliant that there are so many people pushing for them. Keep up the good work and fingers crossed you are succesful. Hopefully that will encourage the develepors to include them in other developments as well – and actually include them from the start!
Hope all goes well with the planting – wildlife pond sounds great! Let us know how it all goes and if/when any hogs turn up.
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