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[VIDEO] How to build a hedgehog house

  • Wildlife Connections Guide
  • Difficulty - Easy

Follow our simple instructions to build a hedgehog house.

You'll need...

  • A big cardboard box
  • Stanley knife
  • Gloves
  • An old carrier bag or bin bag
  • Dry leaves, straw or shredded paper
  • Twigs and branches

All you need to do is…

  1. Cut air vents in the box using the knife (approx. 5x15cm).
  2. Cut a hedgehog sized entrance (about 15x15cm).
  3. Find a sheltered spot near a fence/hedge and place the box with the entrance facing south.
  4. Put torn newspaper, clean dry grass, leaves or straw inside.
  5. Cover the top of the box with an opened up old carrier bag or bin bag.
  6. Put twigs, dry grass and leaves on top to hide.
  7. Wait to see if a hedgehog visits!

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What to do next

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