We finally made a hedgehog house!
We made our house using an old scaffold plank for all the sides and ply wood for the base and lid. Old scaffold planks are pretty tough and OK to use outdoors, they are also untreated which is important.
We put batons on the bottom as feet to help keep the base dry, and I painted the outside with fence paint.
The roof is felted and should keep the hogs nice and dry.
I positioned the box in the quietest corner of the garden. It’s surrounded by fence and laurel hedging, and it’s a dry sheltered spot. I filled the bed chamber with barley straw. Entrance faces the fence for extra protection.
Roof on and almost ready to go!
I had a bit of old turf so I made a low turf wall where there was a gap in the hedge for protection from the elements, and I filled the gap between it and the hog house with leaves for insulation. I used laurel cuttings to disguise and further insulate the box – it’s probably not the ideal material but I was all I had.
We based our hog house off of LittleSilverHedgehog’s design, though ours is a bit different due to our wood being a lot thicker.
We wait to see what the hedgehogs think! I left a little straw outside the house, we’ll see if they move it, but we may not know if they use it until after hibernation when we can take a look and clean it out.