Once you have invited hedgehogs to your garden there is a lot you can do to improve your garden. Here are some ideas about how you can transform your garden into a hog-heaven.
Fruit trees or native plants
UK-grown fruit trees are amazing food sources for hedgehogs. You can think about planting one or even replacing your evergreen shrubs – which are poor value for hedgehogs and they don’t even provide nesting material. Or you can choose plant species that are attractive to a range of insects. You can find a lot of useful information on RHS website:
Leave a wild patch
All you need is a fairly sunny corner, some seed you could sow and let nature take care of the rest. These wild patches are excellent feeding places for hedgehogs. You can find a lot of useful information on RHS website:
Provide a nesting place
Logs, leaf piles, wild areas and even artificial hedgehog homes make great places for hedgehogs to nest and hibernate. We can make our wild friends happy if we don’t clear away all fallen leaves.
Mulch beds with garden compost
As the compost begins to rot down it encourages plenty of earthworms, woodlice, and beetles – absolute delicacies for hedgehogs.
Build a bug hotel
You can easily buy a ready made bug hotel in many stores but building your own bug hotel is fun and it makes your garden feel like heaven for hedgehogs. You can find a step-by-step guide and a video tutorial on how to build your on insect hotel on RSPB website:
The best way to provide a nesting option for hedgehogs is by creating a natural feature, such as a compost heap or log pile, as this has the added benefit of encouraging insect prey too. Artificial hedgehog houses are also used by hedgehogs and can be really fun to make.
On YouTube, you can easily find video tutorials on how to build your own hedgehog home. In our opinion, the most cost-effective, eco-friendly and easy-peasy solution is offered by Eco Sapien. You can watch the tutorial here:
Afternoon Tea Party
Although hedgehogs are pretty small creatures they are blessed with big appetites. By offering a drinking and feeding station you can easily feed the hungry hogs and hoglets, so they can put on weight which is crucial for their long winter hibernation.
You won’t get any takers in winter because hopefully, all hogs are fast asleep, but you can start your feeding at any other season. Making a tearoom doesn’t require too much effort. Watch a video on how to make a tearoom in less than 10 minutes by RSPB