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Make a Hedgehog House this Garden Wildlife Week

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Happy Garden Wildlife Week!

What better way to celebrate Garden Wildlife Week then making a home for one of our cutest garden visitors – hedgehogs.

Most hedgehog homes can be made from what you have tucked away around your house. If you have some old wooden furniture or unused floorboards these will be perfect to create the structure of your garden dwelling.

Tools:

Hedgehog on grass

Hedgehog on grass

The design can be as simple or difficult as you like. For a basic home cut your wood into 6 pieces – 4 for the walls and 2 for the roof.

Make sure you have three pairs of equal length panels so the walls and roof match.

If you would like the roof to lift as a lid use the brackets to attach the roof – if not screw the roof into place.

Make a hole to fit the hosepipe at the back of the house at the top of the wall. Insert the hosepipe with the rest on the ground to ventilate the house making it cozy without letting in the rain.

Hedgehog on grass

Hedgehog on grass

Make sure you decorate the outside of the hedgehog house so the hedgehogs can find it in your garden.

For a more detailed design visit the Woodland Trust website and their ‘how to make a hedgehouse’ info page. Or if you have bricks available visit the Natural History Museum for a brick hedgehog house design.