Providing a snug home for hedgehogs in your garden is one of the best things you can do to help our prickly garden visitors. You can make your own by recycling some garden materials but if you don’t have time or aren’t feeling that creative there are a number of ready made hedgehog boxes available.
Gardenature offer a a box specially designed for hedgehogs and they’ve kindly sent me one to have a closer look at.
The hedgehog box is made of 12mm thick exterior resin bonded ply (from a renewable source) and is coated with a ‘wildlife friendly’ stain on the outside only to add a little extra protection to the timber. As with bird boxes you should always avoid boxes that have been stained or painted on the inside. The box panels look like they have been either laser cut or cut out on a CNC machine. This gives you very clean edges and this helps to ensure all joints are gap free, ideal to prevent chilly drafts etc. It is difficult to tell whether the joints are glued as the joints are so tight but they are definitely held together tightly using galvanized staples.