In this ‘How To’ guide I’ll show you how easy it is to make a very cozy hedgehog home using a couple of old paving slabs, a few bricks and lots of logs, leaves and twigs.
So, lets get outside in the fresh air and get started!
You’ll need two paving slabs (approx. 450m x 450mm), approx. 20 bricks, some hay and lots of garden trimmings (logs, twigs, leaves etc.)
No tools are needed but you may wish to wear gardening gloves.
Plan the layout of the bricks out in the open as it will be much easier than trying to do it tucked under a hedge in the final position! Starting with one of the paving slabs as the base, position the first row of bricks around the edge of the paving slab base. Leave a 120mm gap on one side for the entrance.
Place the second row of bricks as shown above as this will give a snub domed effect to the inside of the hog home.
4. Rebuild the hog home in a suitable location
Look for a quiet corner of the garden tucked away under a hedge or somewhere similar.
5. Add a small amount of bedding material
Meadow hay (available from most pet shops if you don’t have anything similar) is perfect to use as bedding material. Don’t overfill the hog box though as the hedgehogs will rearrange and bring in their own bedding material too.
6. Place the roof slab on top
Make sure all the bricks are closely packed underneath to minimise any gaps between them. Any small gaps that do remain are perfect for ventilation and will ensure that the hedgehog remains comfy inside.
7. Add a generous layer of logs, twigs and leaves
I always start with a layer of dry leaves and then stack logs and twigs on top. Make sure you cover all sides but make sure you leave the entrance clear! Ensure that any logs or heavier materials directly above the tunnel entrance are securely stacked. We don’t want anything falling down and either blocking the entrance or landing on a hedgehog’s head!
I’m often asked ‘How do you know if your hog box is being used?’ Well, there are a number of signs you can look out for. 1. Noises from inside the box – Sometimes (but not very often) you can hear movement from inside the box and very occasionally you may even hear some snoring! 2. You could place a ‘footprint trap’ at the entrance (I’ll be telling all about these in a future ‘How To’ guide). This will show you footprints of any visitors to and from the hog box. 3. This is probably one of the easiest things to do – I always place a couple of very small twigs across the entrance. If they’ve been moved then you know something has been inside the box.