Location

Location, Location, Location...

Location is everything, we cannot emphasise this enough. When choosing a site to raise its family, any mammal will always put safety first.

 

Hedgehogs seem to have a sixth sense when sleeping in their nests. Even during deep sleeps their spines have been shown to react to approaching danger. This involuntary movement happens so that the hedgehog can use its only defence of curling into a ball should you or predators actually approach, touch or go inside the house. So once the Hedgehog House is situated in a safe place, please leave it alone.

 

If you follow our guidelines in securing a good location and fixing our Heavy Metal Hedgehog House securely, it can provide both a safe place to bring up hoglets and to hibernate, helping to keep hedgehogs safe throughout the year.

 

  1. Find a quiet undisturbed site in your garden, preferably sheltered under bushes and tree. The ideal location is somewhere it can remain undisturbed for many years and is not overly exposed to sun, wind or rain.

 

  1. Place the Hedgehog House securely and screw it into the ground through the bottom of the House with our corkscrew ground anchor.

 

  1. We recommend you leave the hedgehog to find its own bedding and not supply newspaper or other bedding materials. Hedgehogs tend to remove pre-supplied bedding anyway and replace it with their own.

 

  1. Do not go near the Hedgehog House once you have set it up. Leave the Heavy Metal Hedgehog House alone and watch only via a trap camera. Do not disturb. Wild animals will not have their young where they feel unsafe. (If you were asleep and a giant peeled back the corner of your house to see if you were sleeping you would probably never return to your house, let alone your bedroom, so don't feel tempted to peep.)

 

Please make sure you follow all of these instructions when finding suitable location for your house. You will be supporting a wild animal and it's important you allow it total privacy in its new home. You will see your new-found spikey lodger when it comes out at night to forage for food, so please enjoy these glimpses and the knowledge that you are helping a species otherwise in decline.