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Why is my hedgehog house not being used? ☹

Steve Kidgell (2) Hedgehog Street

No research has been done on uptake of artificial nest boxes by hedgehogs, so we don’t really know why some boxes get used, and others ignored. In reality our gardens can offer a wider range of nesting opportunities, with compost heaps, log piles, hedgerows, patches of bamboo and the space beneath the garden shed (a classic) all nesting options. If you put food out for hedgehogs then it’s best to locate the nest box away from this as they are unlikely to choose nesting sites close to area where lots of hedgehogs (and other animals) regularly interact. Try and ensure it’s in a sheltered spot, with the entrance out of the prevailing wind – beneath an evergreen bush is often a good location for year round cover.