With spring now in full swing and summer fast approaching, now is a good time to consider how you can give hedgehogs a helping hand by creating a friendly, fit-for-purpose Hedgehog Habitat in your garden.
Choosing the correct wildlife home for your garden can be a daunting task, so we’ve put together a guide on how to choose the right Hedgehog House for your garden.
Firstly, a hedgehog needs access to your garden to be able to use your hedgehog house…
Wildlife World have created a Hedgehog Crossing to facilitate access and inter-garden connectivity to boost hedgehog survival.
This tunnel is used to strengthen and reinforce your garden fence after cutting a hole. This allows free passage of hedgehogs to neighbouring gardens or wildlife areas. Hedgehogs can travel a mile a night to feed and also to need to meet mates to breed. Hedgehog highways are considered to be one of the most important things that you can do to help hedgehogs in your garden and neighbourhood.
This innovation hedgehog crossing is made from second-life recycled plastic, pre-drilled with four holes for fixing to any wooden fence structure. It comes complete with instructions and guidance on how to fit it to your fence.
Note: The tunnel kit does not contain fixings as this will be specific to your fence type. The tunnel can be used singly on your side of the fence or can be paired up (fitted on both sides of the fence) to provide a stronger crossing structure.
It’s always worth discussing options and activities with your neighbours to explore ways to jointly help and support our declining hedgehog population?
Hedgehog Mammal Box (HH4) / Hedgehog House / Hedgehog Habitat
This is a robust and purposeful product, the Hedgehog Habitat provides a safe habitat for hedgehogs in the garden and is suitable for hibernation, breeding and Summer shelter.
This is a well-made wildlife Hedgehog habitat. The 20mm thick timber provides good insulation.
The stainless-steel screws provide additional strength.
Roof has a waterproof membrane.
Environmental conscious consumers will be keen to know it is made from FSC certified wood.
Good internal space with a internal tunnel to deter predators
Has a removable roof for annual cleaning and inspection of sick or rescued hedgehogs. The roof does not have hinges, so has to be lifted up to inspects your ‘Hoggies’ and clean out the house.
This house is not commonly available.
Wooden houses tend to be more expensive, however, there are occasionally good discounts available when shopping online.
DIY Hedgehog House
This flat pack Hedgehog House is an easy to construct wooden house that comes a 10 year Rot Guarantee
This thoughtful innovation enabling Hedgehog House to be flat-packed which is ideal for delivery and storage.
The house can be built without tools of fixings.
The house is made from high quality materials and carries a 10 year rot guarantee.
The roof is easy to lift off for inspection and provides wide rainfall protection / coverage.
There is good internal space and height with an internal anti-predator tunnel.
This house has a pale green finish
May be considered plain and simple
Although relatively high priced at around £79.99 per unit, the DIY Hedgehog House is good value considering the quality materials used to construct which provides longevity
If you are prepared to shop around, there may be lower priced deals available online.
Made from a woodcrete type material which is extremely durable.
The house is spacious and has a floor.
There is no internal tunnel or predator [baffle].
The material is breathable and provides good insulation, however can be brittle if knocked.
The top can be lifted off.
This type of Hedgehog House is generally more expensive than other houses available. It is also heavy which will increase postage / delivery costs.
Hogitat Hedgehog Habitat
This a value, easy to install and easy to maintain hedgehog house which is often sold as a Care Pack For Hedgehogs
An ideal retreat and shelter for Hedgehogs
Has a strong steel frame with waterproof material to reduce / prevent dampness
This is one of the first hedgehog habitats to ever to be produced. The designed is highly effective and remains popular.
Made from a natural brushwood finish
Easy to site
The entrance tunnel provides a deterrent to predators
Has a medium internal size / space.
Hogilo Hedgehog House (second life recycled plastic and wood house)
The Hogilo is designed to offer hedgehogs a safe and long lasting refuge and has become the choice of the Hedgehog Preservation Society for rehabilitating hogs and for re-releases.
A unique hedgehog House which is made from ‘second life’ farm bale wrap and FSC certified wood.
With it’s side entrance, the design is totally different to other Hedgehog Houses on the market.
It has a good internal size and a higher roof than most hedgehog Houses.
The drop down swivel lid is easy to open and secure which makes it a popular house for hedgehog carers injured, ill or small hogs.
The materials used give this house excellent durability and long-life potential.
A ‘top-of-the-range’ hedgehog House.
More expensive than brushwood hedgehog houses
The wicker Igloo Hedgehog House offers hedgehogs and other mammals a safe retreat from the many hazards of modern life – including garden strimmers, forks and tools, pets and other predators such as badgers and foxes.
This is an attractive Hedgehog Habitat with a natural entrance.
The strong steel frame is lined with an internal waterproof membrane to prevent moisture entering the habitat.
Has a natural brushwood finish
There is a large internal space for more than one hedgehog
Has a short predator deterring tunnel
Can be pegged down on the steel frame if owners have boisterous dogs or nighttime badger visits.
A very popular hedgehog house
Very good value
Requires additional cover in winter during the hibernation periods * this is detailed in the instructions which are included with the product
The natural brushwood will degrade after 3 to 4 years. Additional local brushwood need to be added to the structure by weaving into the frame wire-work.
Has an open floor which may be advantageous in colder areas as the hedgehogs will be able to build their nest from natural materials within the confines of the protective outer shelter. This can also facilitate / encourage natural insect food to the space.
Hedgehog Feeder / House (Epping Hedgehog Rescue design)
From a design by Epping Hedgehog Rescue, this hedgehog feeder/house is primarily designed for safe feeding. For each sale we make a donation to BHPS.
Originally designed by Epping Hedgehog Rescue as a hedgehog feeder, this Hedgehog Feeder / House is now used by many as a hedgehog house as well as a feeder.
Very sturdy construction with an internal wall to deter cats and foxes from accessing the food
There a large wide roof which covered in felt and hinged for easy opening to inspect, add food bowls etc.
Very popular with carers who need to check on hedgehogs in their care.
Made from fully certified FSC timber which is an environmental plus.
Has support for hedgehog organisations.
Not commonly available
Although expensive due to the durable construction, it is an effective and popular product.