Hedgehog house – as commissioned by Mother Nature

Awaiting-first-residentHere’s a little thought ‘I don’t think that this looks inviting, but hey, I’m not the intended resident’. My garden isn’t formal by any stretch of the imagination, and a large pile of leaves heaped up behind the potted yew topiary, I admit, does look messy. However, firsthand experience has informed me that a sheltered pile of leaves is the des res for a hedgehog.

hedgehog house
Starting with some branches from a recently pollarded peach tree angled away from the fence.

This home for a hibernating hedgehog needs to be in a sheltered position, but not in a frost pocket. I’ve lined the base with a mixed mulch of recent shreddings and created a timber frame from chopped down branches.

Then I’ve simply filled the whole space with autumn leaves pushing them in between the branch structure so they won’t be blown away. Don’t worry about packing the leaves in as a hedgehog will simply push its way into the cosy centre. As this hedgehog home is situated in a very sheltered part of the garden (barring a 1987-style hurricane) most of the leaf pile will remain in place until next spring.

hedgehog leaf home
All ready and awaiting a resident.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

5 thoughts on “Hedgehog house – as commissioned by Mother Nature”

    1. I know there are hedgehogs in our gardens again this autumn as unfortunately I’ve seen one squashed by a vehicle on the road. Like most wild creatures they are not adapted to deal with our speedy cars. Sadly their numbers in the UK are dwindling.

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