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If you have hedgehogs in your garden, please look after them well. You are one of the very few lucky ones to still enjoy the presence of these endangered animals

help hedgehogs and other wildlife in your garden. Buy through Ark Wildlife

Wildlife World are the biggest manufacturer for high quality hedgehog houses. They make 5 types, available from good pet stores, garden centres and many online stores
All styles of houses are beautifully designed and crafted, classy and a real asset to your garden. Useful for hedgehogs, aesthetically pleasing for us.

If you don't like to order online,  You can also order direct by phone from Ark Wildlife Who stock the entire wildlife world range.  Phone: 0800 085 4865  Please say you were referred by Epping Forest Hedgehog Rescue if phoning or visiting


The original Hedgehog House (HH1) is constructed from durable timber/oak/larch/birch with double layered roof for waterproofing and insulation and oak floor. The entrance tunnel provides protection from domestic cats and dogs, foxes and badgers. There is a hinged inspection door at the back for  cleaning and inspection of sick or rescued hedgehogs. The house comes complete with vent pipe and instructions. The new, improved version has a much bigger back door to make it easier to clean out and more friendly to use.
Size: 195x385x430  
Buy this house online from:   Amazon.co.uk

 

The Hedgehog Lodge

Specially designed for hibernating hedgehogs. Made from solid 21mm redwood throughout with no ply, chipboard or particle board this house will last for years, the outside is light pine preserve, the roof a dark oak preserve both are animal friendly. Features: 15" deep, 18" wide, 14" high to 8", opening tunnel of 5" wide by 6" high, to the front on the left you will see a vent hole covered with galvanised steel mesh to allow air flow for hedgy without it getting blocked by leaves during hibernation, the floor is slightly raised to stop the floor getting to damp in the winter, but allowing hedgy easy access. This will make a great addition to any garden and for the price you get top quality that will last many years to come, why buy a cheap plywood box when you can have 21mm solid redwood! The complete roof is hinged on two brass hinges allowing easy cleaning and good watching of injured or sick hedgehogs, also there is a lock on the roof to prevent predators gaining access. 

Buy this house online from Amazon.co.uk


The Wildlife World Hogitat (HH5) is designed to be an attractive natural home and safe retreat for hedgehogs. It features a sturdy, rust-proofed steel frame, a waterproofed roof with an attractive natural finish, and a predator defence tunnel. Specifically designed to blend into the garden setting, the Hogitat has an attractive natural appearance that will comfortably nestle into any garden environment.  Principally natural materials and appearance. Economic yet effective safe retreat for hedgehogs, or small mammals.
Size: 250x430x500
Buy this house online from:  Ark Wildlife  RecycleWorks   Amazon.co.uk

 

 

Hedgehog House with Hinged Inspection Roof


Ideal for summer use and winter hibernation
EcoSheet roof provides greater insulation against extreme elements
Large deep bed chamber and predator baffle
Hinged roof allows you to keep an eye on occupant and easily clean the box

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Wildlife World  also sell a purpose-built hedgehog feeding station (HHF). It  is a perfect size for 2 bowls of food and allows a large hedgehog to eat easily. It has a maze-like entrance to prevent cats and foxes etc stealing the food. Hedgehogs can be messy eaters, so put plenty of newspaper on the floor of the box
It will be available from all good pet shops, garden centres and online stores that also sell the rest of their range.
Please encourage your pet shop or garden centre to order it from them.
It is an ideal size to also use as a hedgehog house, so is a dual purpose design

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The Wildlife World cat & fox proof, hedeghog feeding station
Ark Wildlife Hedgehog Feeding Station, Our hedgehog feeding station will keep hedgehog food and water out of the elements and prevent other animals such as cats, dogs, foxes or even birds from stealing the hedgehog’s food.


This is a full size hedgehog feeding station with 2 x protected entrances, hinged eco-sheet roof with roof stay for easy access to fill water and feeding bowls, as well as inspection and cleaning. The interior is large enough to hold 2 x dishes and a number of feeding hedgehogs simultaneously. The height of the feeding station along with the predator protected entrance holes stop even the most determined cats from getting to the food, giving the hedgehogs a peaceful safe place to eat.


Built from solid timber with screwed joints and eco-sheet roof and floor, this unit is designed for many years maintenance free use. Hedgehogs are naturally very messy eaters and the clever design means that moving and cleaning the hedgehog feeding station is simple, with no nasty corners to collect spilt food.

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Ark Feeding station
The Hedgehog Care Home 'Hogilo' hedgehog house is a purpose built nesting box and habitat for hedgehogs which can be used as a sheltered hedgehog feeder instead, if preferred.

It is an ideal house for injured or rescue hogs due to the design of the house, which allows for easy inspection and cleaning.

Features include:
• Manufactured from durable FSC timber and Recycled Plastic
• Wooden interior for 'breathability' and condensation prevention
• Lid & sides made from recycled agricultural waste
• Lid easily swivels over to expose large inspection and cleaning hatch
• Lid incorporates wooden 'plug' to insulate hatch aperture
• Overhanging roof and porch
• Raised battened feet to prevent rot
• Predator-resistant entrance
• Can be used as a safe feeding lounge

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Wildlife World Hogilo hedgehog house


Now you have hedgehogs living in your garden. Why not help more of them and have more houses?
Check our Amazon store for more houses and other useful items for your hedeghogs and other garden wildlife
For any other item that is not shown in the store, please click on the powered by Amazon logo to go to the Amazon home page and search from there
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Other purpose-built hedgehog houses can also be purchased online or by phone from: 

You can also buy from good pet shops and many garden centres

Any of the houses you buy need to be covered in roofing felt to protect from the weather and prevent leaks. Please don't rely on the small amounts that the manufacturers put on.

Where to put the house

The ideal place for the house is under a hedge, large shrub or similar concealed place to make it as natural as possible.

Never put it in direct sunlight. Behind a shed or in a quiet shady corner is fine if you haven't got any bushes or shrubs.

Put a couple of slabs under the hedge to protect the box from the damp ground and keep it fairly level (cost about 90p each from your local DIY store), then put a rubber doormat with holes to allow drainage on top of the slabs, with the box sitting on the mat, this allows rain water to run away under the box without any danger of the box getting flooded.

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These show nesting boxes hidden under shrubs in a garden, covered with roofing felt to keep them warm and dry

   

Fill it ¾ full with hay and your hedgehog will soon take up residence. It may take a few weeks for the hedgehog to adopt the box, but rest assured it soon will. Often during the summer the box will be used by a mother to have babies or as a temporary shelter for the odd night or two and then during the winter a hedgehog will take up permanent residence and hibernate safely & successfully..

When you first put it down, check after the first rain storm that there are no leaks, we found that what we thought was a waterproof house wasn't, the felt had slipped when I placed it. If the felt tears or cracks then just place another sheet over the existing one, a couple of layers make for good insulation.

It is a very good idea to keep a spare sheet of felt or tarpaulin and a bag of hay around for emergencies .

Please try to put a box or other shelter down early in the year so the hedgehog can get used to it and knows it's there, especially if there is bad weather before hibernation time.

Once the house is being used, it just needs a quick clean clean out twice a year, in March/April when the hedgehog wakes up from hibernation & again in September/October before the hibernation. Just take out all the old hay and give it a quick wipe around with a safe disinfectant (one you would use on your food preparation surfaces or one sold especially for animal use) DO NOT USE BLEACH, then refill with hay.

If you have hedgehogs visiting your garden & can't build or buy  a proper house then any shelter is better than none.  A good quick alternative is to lean a piece of plywood or board against the shed wall or similar sheltered place at 45º angle, put another piece raised on bricks underneath it as a floor and place a tarpaulin or piece of roofing felt over to make it waterproof, leaving just a small entrance at one end. Fill with hay and hope that a hedgehog will use it.

How to build a hedgehog House in a couple of hours

A quick and easy way is to buy a box similar to that shown below (House A) from one of the big DIY stores like B&Q , who do self assembly Pine Storage boxes for between £10 & £15 depending on size

Just assemble it, cut an approximately 5" square hole in a corner of one of the sides and cover the entire box with a sheet of roofing felt or plastic sheet/tarpaulin, (however tarpaulin being lighter weight will need to be very securely held down) leaving a raised gap around the hole, like an awning so the hedgehog can get in, but the water can't. Put a couple of bricks on the box roof on top of the felt to prevent it slipping off or being blown away.

If you build a tunnel entrance as is shown in house C below, then drape the felt all over with just a gap for hedgie to get in.

If you can't build a tunnel entrance, just place a brick each side of the entrance to support the felt/tarpaulin so it makes a little awning/porch.

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