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Where to site Hedgehog Home

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    Hi all, I am happy to say I have 2 hedgehogs that regally visit my garden. I have been feeding them each night for a few years, so my garden and feeding station is a nice place for my little friends.

    I am thinking of buying a hedgehog home for one of them, but I have a few questions and I am hoping someone can answer.
    1) Where in the garden do you site the home?
    2) How will I know if the Hedgehogs are using the home?
    3) Is it alright to look in the home during the day, will this frighten them?
    4) How do I make the new home appealing so one of the hogs will take up residence?

    Thanks in advance for all your help.



    Hi Richard, here’s my suggestions:
    1) A quiet shady spot out of direct sunlight is best with the entrance south-facing. Make sure they have a secure exit, rather than being out in the open. They need to feel safe when they come out.
    2) Put a few twigs/dry grass near the entrance to see if it’s been disturbed. Alternatively you could go the whole hog (sorry!) and buy a remote camera with night vision.
    3) Not a good idea. If they have babies and you disturb the nest Mum may eat the babies.
    4) Fill it with dry leaves and straw.
    Hope this helps!


    Thanks for this information, very helpful, any recommendation on what remote camera you would suggest?



    Richard, regarding cameras, I have had a couple of Bushnell Natureview HD cameras for a few years and have been very pleased with them. They’re definitely not the cheapest on the market and I am sure other people can offer more recommendations. I know quite a few people have the Aldi trailcams that Aldi occasionally sell, and there’s been some good reports about the LTL Acorn. It’s really down to budget and want you expect from them. I do get through quite a lot of batteries because I get many hoggy visits at night, but I order Duracell Pro batteries from Amazon fifty at a time so they work out a bit cheaper. I post some videos of my hogs on Twitter so if you want to check them out I’m @Prickles54.


    Great Videos, I will check out the Bushnell Cameras, thanks


    I see there’s a survey on at the moment about housing. However, that doesn’t appear to want to answer the question: Is it better to put houses near each other: Neighbouring houses or in completely different areas of the garden considering it appears they’re solitary critters with a tendency to fight!


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