Help House a Hedgehog

I freely admit I stole this item from a friend’s Facebook page, but I am a sucker for those spiny little creatures, especially after reading about ready-made hedgehog shelters online that are really dangerous to our already endangered friends.

Thanks to Alsager Urban Wildlife Initiative for this piece on :

How to Build a Hedgehog Bunker

One of the best hedgehog hibernation homes can be built very quickly and cheaply from 21 old bricks and a 3×2 paving slab

You can probably get these for free off Facebook Marketplace.

Step 1: choose a secluded and sheltered spot, ideally somewhere shady. It is important to choose somewhere that the ground isn’t going to get too wet.

Step 2: clear any vegetation and level the ground area equivalent to the slab size.

Step 3: lay the bricks as shown. You don’t need to use any mortar, but can use some sand if it helps to level the bricks

Step 4: lay a second course of bricks making sure the joints are staggered. You will need to cut or break one of the bricks into halves.

Step 4: carefully lower the slab onto the bricks. Again you can bed the slab on sand to stop it from rocking.

Step 5: add material on and around the bunker. You can partially bury it with soil and/or piles of logs and leaves; just make sure the entrance remains clear.

Using logs will provide habitat for invertebrates, which are natural hedgehog food.

If you only have a 2×2 slab, the entrance tunnel will be outside the slab, but can be roofed with more bricks, tiles or slates.

What are you waiting for? The hogs need you!

Kitty Parsons

Kitty Parsons

Kitty is an incomer, with five summers under her belt and the knowledge that even the wettest and greyest of winters have not diminished her love of Pembrokeshire. She knows she will never live long enough to be considered a local but hopes to leave some small mark through writing about this beautiful county and its people.

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