How to attract hedgehogs to your garden.
Back in August we met our little hedgehog friend for the first time in our garden. He was circling the house and we found him very entertaining to watch. We have seen him many times since and not sure if he has a place to sleep so we decided to build a little shelter just in case he feels he may want to take residence for the winter.
It is also a great excuse to spend some time in the garden with my little girl. We made an afternoon of this project, put on wellies and old clothes and started to explore the grounds in search of materials for our friends new house.
After doing a lot of research on this little chap we found there are a few points to take into consideration when deciding where and how their house will be built.
When building a hideaway for an animal wishing to hibernate think about the position. We nestled our hedgehog house in amongst the wild flower garden.The house is shielded from wind and out of site providing a small snug and safe sanctuary. We cushioned the flooring with wood chips and sawdust. The house itself is made from a strong sturdy wood.
Hedgehogs like to hide and crawl in between the leaves and so we surrounded the hut with plenty of bundles!
Hedgehogs travel up to one mile per evening in search of food. We have nice big gaps under our garden fence to welcome any hedgehogs that may want to come and visit. Apparently Hedgehogs love chicken flavor cats food the best! But remember that milk and bread will give them a sore tummy. And they are partial to the odd slug…. yuck!
We hope you found our tips useful.
Do you have any animals visiting your garden?