Encouraging Hedgehogs Into Your Garden

Hedgehogs are always welcome visitors to the garden, interesting to observe and useful predators of garden pests. Martyn Loach describes how you can attract them into your garden with hedgehog houses.

Created by Martyn Loach on Friday, 17th of October, 2014.
Updated on Tuesday, 4th of November, 2014.


Wildlife World Hedgehog House

Similar to people, they prefer a dry, cosy place to live. Especially in the winter when they like to shut the cold weather out and hibernate.

Natural Hedgehog Nests

In the wild hedgehogs will collect leaves, grass, bracken and other material to build nests under hedgerows or logs. In the garden they may set up home under your shed or compost heap.

To encourage hedgehogs into your garden, you can buy a hedgehog house and there are also other garden mammal houses to choose from.

The hedgehog house should be located in a quiet part of the garden, preferably against a wall or fence. The entrance should face south to avoid cold northerly winds.

When Will Hedgehogs Arrive?

It might be a while before any hedgehogs take up residence. If you have had no luck for a couple of years, think about re-locating the house to a more favourable place.

In the spring any hedgehogs should emerge looking for food. After they have checked out of the hedgehog house you can clean up after them using Pyrethrum, sometimes called nature's insecticide. The hedgehog house will then be ready for its next family to move in. 

Gardens are incredibly important habitats and if you want to encourage wildlife and help combat a worrying depletion of native fauna, there are a number of insect and animal boxes that will attract a wide variety of insect and mammals.

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