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The Original Hedgehog House

The Original Hedgehog House
The Original hedgehog house The Original hedgehog house
Code 14 TOHH

Attractive and of a unique design, the Original Hedgehog House provides a safe habitat for hedgehogs in the garden. Suitable for hibernation, breeding and summer shelter.

The heavy construction from durable timbers gives strength and longevity ensuring the habitat gives year round protection. The roof is double skinned for insulation and weather protection, whilst the raised timber floor keeps damp out. The box’s robust, all-screwed construction withstands crushing and strimming. A specially constructed entrance porch allows the hedgehog in but deters predators.

Completing the unit is a hinged door at the back for annual cleaning and inspection of sick or rescued hedgehogs.


Locate the hedgehog habitat within cover, such as a bank, wall or fence and out of the prevailing wind. Pile leaves and short grass around the house plus two hand fulls of short dry grass and leaves inside the box to encourage any visiting hedgehog to nest.

Monitoring & Inspection

After winter use, late March - early April, hedgehog houses should be cleaned in preparation for use. To make sure the box is not occupied, put a light obstruction in front of the entrance to see if it is pushed away during the night.

Assuming the box is empty, clean it with an organic Pyrethrum powder, suitable for caged birds. Flea treatments for dogs and cats should not be used as they are too strong and may kill a hedgehog.


Do not use any toxic chemicals such as wood preservative or creosote to treat the wooden box, as this will harm hedgehogs and other wildlife.
The habitat is constructed from durable natural timber and does not require any treatments.
Nb. Do not use creosote or toxic chemicals to treat your hedgehog home as these will be harmful to hedgehogs and other wildlife.

What Species Might Use My Habitat?

This habitat may attract and be used by hedgehogs and other small mammals

Additional Information : How to Help Hedgehogs

Everyone has a soft spot for hedgehogs, in spite of the fact that they are very prickly. Despite this love of this endearing creature thousands of hedgehogs are killed and injured, victims of a modern world that is full of vehicles, garden machinery, litter and aggressive pets. The result of this is that in the 10 year period 2002 - 2012, the UK population has declined by over 300,000 hedgehogs.

Many hedgehogs live in urban areas where these hazards are all around them, so here is some information that you can use to make your local environment safer for hedgehogs.

Key Facts:

    Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures - if one is out during the day it is in trouble and needs help
    They can travel up to 2 miles in one night
    They are lactose intolerant - milk gives them diarrhoea - only water should be offered.
    They can dig and climb
    Hedgehogs can swim but may drown if they cannot get out of steep-sided ponds
    They often nest in grass, compost heaps, and woodpiles - these areas should be checked before strimming or burning.
    Netting of all types is a major hazard for hedgehogs and causes many amputations  and fatalities if the hogs get entangled.
    Litter such as yoghurt cups, plastic cups, plastic rings etc can all entrap hogs leading to fatalities
    Water-filled & dry holes, drains and ditches can entrap hedgehogs leading to predation or drowning/starvation
    Secure fencing prevents hedgehogs from getting into gardens - make sure there is a hole where a hedgehog can pass through your garden
    Badgers are the main predators of hedgehogs, but foxes may kill them too
    Never handle baby hedgehogs with bare hands as the human scent may result in the mother abandoning or killing them.
    Nearly a quarter of hedgehogs born die before leaving the nest - probably 50% of the remainder do not survive their first hibernation
    Never use slug pellets in your garden - this will eventually kill hedgehogs and other wildlife that are feeding on the slugs.

The Benefit of Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are the gardener’s friend, eating slugs, snails, and other garden pests - in fact a hedgehog can eat as many as 80 slugs in one night!

Encouraging Hedgehogs Into Your Garden

Hedgehog homes will give any visiting hogs to your garden a safe place of refuge during the day, away from the threats of garden machinery, predators and other factors that a hedgehog in a compost heap or leaf pile may be exposed to. The box may be used as a breeding site and will also be a valuable, insulated and secure site for hibernation.

You could also provide a wood pile which if left undisturbed for a long time will eventually provide a place where invertebrates and other insects will flourish providing food for the hogs. Compost heaps are also valuable foraging areas and may also provide a warm place for hedgehogs to rest up and hibernate - this should be remembered if forking the compost.

The word ‘hedge’ hog gives you a clue that these mammals have often traditionally lived in hedgerows, where they have lots of food and shelter. Try to use natural, native hedgerows as garden borders rather than fencing - this benefits hedgehogs as well as many other species of wildlife.

Try not to sweep up leaves too much as hedgehogs will need then for their nests.

Finding Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures and if a hedgehog is found in daylight, this is usually a sign that there is something wrong. If a hedgehog is out in the sun and there is no sign of bleeding, it may be a sign that it has hypothermia and is trying to warm itself up - it will need immediate warmth and help - if in doubt, seek immediate help from a wildlife carer or call the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) on 01584 890801.

If a hedgehog nest with mother and young is accidentally disturbed, do not handle the young or she may abandon or kill them.  A high pitched, bird-like piping sound could indicate that something has happened to the mother and the young hoglets are in distress. Abandoned hoglets should be kept warm, protected from flies and taken to an experienced carer as soon as posssible.

Healthy hedgehogs should never be picked up and moved away from their home in case they leave dependent young in a nest. Nor should they be taken and released somewhere else, as the new place may be unsuitable.

Nb. This information is given as a guide, but in all rescue situations, advice dhould be sought from a hedgehog carer or from a hedgehog charity.

The typical cycle of a hedgehog:

May - June - Courtship takes place
June/July - Young are born - usually 4-5 in a litter - eyes open and skin darkens after 2 weeks - after 3-4 weeks the young leave the nest and go foraging with the mother - there are 2 months between conception and weaning
November - March - Hibernation takes place - this is where the hedgehog’s body shuts down for a long period during cold weather. During hibernation a hedgehog will wake up several times and if you see one out in this periodthen it is a good idea to put out food and water, but if it looks ok otherwise, leave it alone

Food For Hedgehogs

Offering food for hedgehogs is another way of encouraging them to visit. Recommended foods are meat based cat or dog food, or dried hedgehog food that can be bought in pet stores and garden centres.

It is very important to provide fresh water with food, especially if offering dried food. Milk is too rich for hedgehogs and should not be offered.

Food & water should be offered in the same place every night

Additional Information

These products are for wild creatures and as such, you should not expect immediate habitation. We suggest you carefully read the supplied instructions for siting and provide this product in a suitable habitat for the target species. The product can then be re-visited 6 - 12 months later, or in the appropriate season, to see if it is being used.

If after 24 months the product has not been used, it may be worth choosing an alternative location to site it and/or look to see what improvements you can make to provide a suitable environment for your target species (flowers, woodpiles, rough areas of garden etc)

Because many species of creature are constantly seeking refuge and safe nesting sites, you may find that an unexpected species is using your product - this is part of nature and all species should be welcomed as part of your wildlife garden.

Dimensions: H 195mm W 385mm L 430mm
Weight:     5.38 Kg

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