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New - Garden Hedgehog House

Posted 06 Dec 2016

Wildlife world have launched a new design of hedgehog house which we were very pleased to preview and also be one of the first to companies to offer it into the market.

Our range of garden Hedgehog homes offer hedgehogs and other mammals a safe retreat from the many hazards of modern life such as garden strimmers, forks and tools, pets and other predators such as badgers and foxes. This hedgehog habitat is much safer than the compost heap or bonfire where hedgehogs are in danger of very serious injury.

The coated steel frame has a waterproofed felt roof lining which is covered with a brush wood finish and camouflaged with moss trim. The wooden entrance door forms a short predator defence tunnel, small enough to deter access by dogs or badgers. The wooden door is made from FSC timber and painted brown. There is decorative rattan work around the edges of the Hedgehog Haus.

The hedgehog haus is delivered in a hedgehog decorated gift box.

The Hedgehog House is spacious enough to accommodate family groups such as mother and hoglets. The hedgehog haus is predominantly designed for shelter but may be used for hedgehog hibernation if additional brushwood cover is provided over the hedgehog house in winter.

Hedgehogs in the Garden

The hedgehog is known as ‘the gardener’s friend’ as it will eat slugs, beetles, caterpillars etc., and does no harm, so if you have a garden a hedgehog is to be encouraged. They should not be kept in close captivity, but regarded as welcome visitors.

If you want to attract wildlife to your garden leave wild areas and avoid tidying up too much. Hedgehogs tend to hibernate between November and mid March and may choose the stack of leaves or branches in your garden. For this reason if you have to get rid of such material move it to a different spot before setting fire to it - a hedgehog may be sheltering or hibernating in it. They like to nest under things such as sheds, hedges and brushwood and they need plenty of dry leaves to build their nest.

Why have a hedgehog House?

25% of hedgehogs do not survive from one year to the next due to many things like road kill, bonfires, slug pellets, poisonous pesticides and late born hoglets not reaching the minimum 600g safe winter weight.  So please help to provide a safer nesting environment

by Simon Byland