Hedgehog house

How to build a hedgehog home

Create a happy hedgehog house

Sadly there are fewer than 1 million hedgehogs left in the UK. They need homes just like humans, so making one for them is a great way to encourage them into your garden. By providing safe places for them to live you’re much more likely to see these prickly creatures in your garden.

You will need:

  • Wooden wine crate/wooden planter
  • 1.2m length of 15cm x 2cm untreated timber
  • nails
  • hosepipe
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Hammer
Hedgehog house (c) Gillian Day

© Gillian Day

How to build your hedgehog house:

  • Start by making the tunnel for the hedgehog house. Cut the timber into four 30cm lengths and nail them together lengthways
  • Use a saw to cut an entrance hole 11cm x 15cm out of one side of the crate at the base
  • Attach the tunnel to the crate by nailing it from the inside
  • Drill a hole in the side of the box and push a bit of hosepipe in it for ventilation
  • Fill the crate with dry leaves and replace the lid. Hide the hedgehog house amongst soil and leaves, ensuring the entrance and air pipe are free of debris.
By providing safe places for them to live you’re much more likely to see these prickly creatures in your garden

You can use our illustrated guide sheets to make a hedgehog home, and why not use this as an opportunity to speak to your neighbours about hedgehogs and take a look at how to make a hedgehog highway while you're at it?

Remember:

You should clear out the hedgehog house once a year (late March – early April) to prevent the build up of pests. Do not clean it out if a hedgehog is in residence!