HEDGEHOG HOUSES, FEEDERS & FOOD

HEDGEHOG HOUSES, FEEDERS & FOOD

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Hedgehog House Large

Hedgehog House
£60.00 *
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can be shipped within 5-10 days

Hedgehog House - Standard

Hedgehog House
£50.00 *
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can be shipped within 5-10 days

Hedgehog Feeder

Hedgehog House
£60.00 *
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Hedgehog Food

Hedgehog food
£4.95 *
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Hedgehog Feeding Kit

£8.95 *
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The European Hedgehog lives in woodland, farmland and suburban areas. It is nocturnal. If threatened it may roll itself into a ball, protecting itself against potential predators with its spines. It is omnivorous feeding on a wide range of invertebrates, but preferring slugs earthworms, beetles and other insects. It will occasionally eat frogs, rodents and birds' eggs. Encouraging Hedgehogs can be an effective form of pest control. A single hedgehog can keep an average garden free of pests by eating up to 200 grams of insects each night.

Suitable winter nests "Hibernacula” are essential if hedgehogs are to survive hibernation. In autumn, they begin to collect leaves, grass, straw, bracken, small twigs etc. and use these materials for building their nests. Hedgehogs tend to hibernate between November and mid March. Placing a hedgehog house in your garden can provide a long-term, safe habitat for a hedgehog – encouraging hibernation and nesting.

 

Siting

Place hedgehog feeders and houses in a quiet and sheltered spot, ideally against a wall or fence. Make sure the entrance is kept clear and do not disturb at all during the night or when occupied by a hedgehog.

 

Feeding 

It is best to place food in feeders at dusk – rather than early in the day. This will help to deter the hedgehogs being active during the light – when they are more vulnerable to predators. Use a bowl for water – using milk is discouraged as it can be hard to digest for small mammals. Use another bowl for feeding dry/wet hedgehog food.

 

Maintenance 

On no account should hedgehog houses or feeders be creosoted or ‘treated’ as the fumes remain for a long time and can be very harmful. Our hedgehog boxes are made of cedar – which will not require painting or treating.

 

From time to time, your Hedgehog box may need to be cleaned out and if necessary washed out. You can clean the house using an organic Pyrethrum powder, suitable for caged birds. Before cleaning out the house, make sure there is nobody in residence. This can be done by putting a small light obstruction in the entrance to see whether it is pushed away overnight. If it isn't, this is an indication that no hedgehogs are in residence but take care just in case.

 

Tips 

Try not to use slug pellets in your garden as these can be very dangerous to hedgehogs when directly eaten or when poisoned slugs and snails are eaten. Check in bonfires before they are lit to ensure that no hedgehogs are hibernating inside. Make sure that your garden is not completely fenced off. It may be necessary to leave gaps or even make holes in fences if there are no permanent entry/exit routes for hedgehogs to come and go.