• Hedgehog Homes

Hedgehog Homes

£65.00

 

Features of our Hedgehog
Home:
 Entrance tunnel and interior
dividing wall to prevent
predators getting to the
hedgehog with their paws
 Made from aged salvaged
timber
 Ventilation chimney
 Hinged opening roof for
cleaning

This also has a strong, solid floor which helps aid against badger attack (badger's being hedgehog's main predator!)

Place in a quiet part of your garden preferably against a bank, wall
or fence, not facing north or east and tempt a resident with some
tasty titbits. Hopefully you’ll have a visitor soon!
Hedgehogs are predominantly a woodland edge species and can thrive in the mosaic of hedges, fields and woodlands
that characterise the British countryside. However hedgehogs can be just as happy in rural or urban locations. As the
name suggests they are often found near hedgerows, which provide ideal locations for nest sites, a good supply of
invertebrates on which they feed, protection from predators and important movement corridors.
However, hedgehog numbers are declining in both rural and urban habitats due to many factors such as changing
farming methods, increased use of pesticides reducing the number of available invertibrates they eat, increased badger
population – the main natural predator, changes in urban garden design reducing hibernation habitat and lack of
connectivity between gardens.
We can try to help this situation by leaving an untidy area in our gardens including a brambly area with rotting leaves and
wood and, perhaps, offering a secure home for hibernation. Gardens provide hedgehogs with a plentiful supply of food,
both natural and supplementary, as well as many potential nest sites for breeding, resting and hibernation. For these
reason urban areas have become a stronghold for hedgehogs in recent years.
The hedgehog’s natural diet mainly consists of slugs, ground beetles, caterpillars and worms. During cold or dry periods,
these creepy-crawlies become much scarcer in gardens, so hedgehogs will benefit hugely from a shallow dish of
waterand supplementary feeding, such as:
 meat-based wet dog or cat food
 hedgehog food or cat biscuits
 Unsalted nuts
 Place the food in a shallow dish in a sheltered area of your garden, near your hedgehog house, around sunset.
It’s important to remember that this food is onlysupplementaryto their natural diet, so please be sure to provide a nice
mixture of food to get all the nutrients that they need. Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant so pleasedo not give them
milk. Bread is low in energy so fairly worthless to them.

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