This is a design that the British Hedgehog Preservation Society recommends and is a permanent type of home. Made with PAR timber. The wood can be treated with water based preservative only on the outside. On no account should the hedgehog house be creosoted or treated with non-water based preservatives or paint as the fumes remain for a long time and can be very harmful. Do not nail down the roof as you may need to clean the box in the future. Make sure the entrance is kept clear and avoid the temptation to disturb the hedgehogs. The finished home could be covered with plastic sheeting, soil and twigs placed on top, or left as it is. Straw and any leaves left outside may be taken in and used for bedding by any prospective resident.
When you have a hedgehog house, place it in a quiet part of your garden, preferably against a bank, wall or fence and hope that you will have a visit from a friend seeking a home. Make sure the entrance to the house does not face North or North East, thus avoiding the cold winter winds. It may then become the winter home for some lucky hedgehog. If female, she may even have her young in it in the spring. After winter use, late March/early April, some people like to clean the houses out (though they will also get reused if left alone). If you decide you want to clean the box out, do make sure there is not a hedgehog in residence before you disturb it. To make sure there is nobody in residence, put a small light obstruction in the entrance to see whether it is pushed away overnight; if it isn’t this is an indication that the hedgehog may no longer be in residence (but take care just in case). You can clean the house using hot water and scrubbing brush and an organic Pyrethrum powder, suitable for caged birds. DO NOT CLEAN IF A HEDGEHOG IS IN RESIDENCE. You might prefer to leave some clean bedding materials in a bundle by the ‘front door’ for the hedgehog to freshen up the home for themselves!
Our animal housing provides shelter and safety for all kinds of animals, from household pets, to working animals, to equestrian requirements, to preserving and encouraging wildlife.
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