Reviews of the Best Hedgehog Houses

Hedgehog numbers are declining at a frightening rate in the United Kingdom. According to the BTO ( The British Trust for Ornithology ) their numbers have declined by between 25% and 40% in the last decade. In the 1950s it has been estimated that the hedgehog population was roughly 30 million. Compare that with the present day estimate of around 1 million and you can see how worrisome the decline is. There is some good news - and that is that your garden could provide them with a well needed lifeline.

Make your garden a hedgehog friendly place and you have the pleasure of watching them go about their daily, or should that be nightly, business.

So, we must start by attracting hedgehogs to our garden. The hedgehogs, of course, must be able to gain access. You could start helping them by digging a small tunnel under the fence or by simple making a small hole in the fence. Hedgehogs need to drink and feed, so leave a shallow bowl of water close by and perhaps some dried worms ( I have always found that the hedgehogs love them .)

Now that the hedgehogs have realised that your garden is safe and well-stocked with food and water you might want to treat them with a hedgehog house. Go for a wooden hedgehog house, as these are usually recommended by wildlife charities. Although better value, metal framed houses can expose the hedgehogs to sharp edges if you are not careful. If you do go for a wooden hedgehog house make sure that it is not plywood. These will rot very quickly and can leave the hedgehogs vulnerable to predators and fungal infections. The following are my top recommended buys:-

Wildlife World Hogilow Hedgehog Home ( Featured On Autumn Watch )

  • Manufacturer: Wildlife World
  • Manufactured from durable FSC timber and recycled plastic
  • Cost: Premium
  • Wooden interior and condensation prevention
  • Easy swivel lid
  • large inspection chamber and cleaning hatch
  • Predator resistant entrance
  • Dimensions: 50 x 39 x 23 cm
  • Weight: 3.85kg
  • The Hogilow hedgehog habitat house was featured on the BBC program Autumn Watch. It is a nesting and breeding box for hedgehogs, but it may also be used as a sheltered feeding area if you prefer. Although at the more expensive end of the market this house has been designed with the guidance of the Hedgehog society.

    It has been manufactured using recycled plastic from agricultural waste. The roof has a swivel top which makes it easy for inspection and cleaning. Its sides contain breathing holes and the whole apparatus has raised feet for ground elevation, preventing rot. It is garden strimmer proof and has a maze-style entrance to prevent invasion by predators.

    Wildlife World Hedgehog Care Pack

  • Manufacturer: Wildlife World
  • Cost: Medium
  • Dimensions: 20cm high, 40cm wide and 47cm long
  • Helps protect Hedgehogs from predators
  • Easy to install and maintain
  • Complete Hedgehog care pack
  • Contains Hedgehog House, hedgehog guide and 100g tray of Spikes Meaty Feast Hedgehog food
  • The Hedgehog care pack contains a hedgehog shelter a hedgehog care guide and 100g of hedgehog food. The hedgehog house is made from a sturdy coated steel frame with a water-resistant felt roof with a very natural brushwood finish. It has a narrow entrance providing a deterrent from predators. The house can also be further camouflaged by other foliage and twigs. This house is one of the more cheaper products, but is great value for money.

    Many buyers are surprised by its sturdy construction and natural look. Also included is the fold out laminated hedgehog guide. This contains hedgehog facts, health, care and feeding. A percentage of the sales go to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, so you are directly benefiting hedgehogs.

    CKB Hedgehog House

  • Manufacturer: CKB Ltd
  • Cost: Premium
  • Made with FSC spruce
  • Dimensions: 20 x 40 x 33cm
  • This is a wonderful little hedgehog house. It has a unique aesthetic wooden design, and features a wooden doorway, roof and floor. It is made of FSC spruce which must be left untreated as paint chemicals can be harmful to hedgehogs.

    This model is at the more premium end of the market, but its inherent sturdiness should ensure that the hedgehogs get many years of use from it.

    Hedgehog House / Golden Brown

  • Manufacturer: Riverside Woodcraft
  • Cost: Premium
  • Weatherproof insulated solid composite roof, hinged with lock
  • Solid wood construction, recycled slate covered entrance, resin bonded floor
  • Much more roomy than the last model
  • Helps protect Hedgehogs from predators
  • Dimensions: Length 58cm, Depth 56cm, Height 23 cm
  • This is the latest design from Riverside Woodcraft and it is a lot more roomy than the last model. It is of a solid wood construction and has a slate covered entrance and resin bonded floor. The roof is hinged and can be locked shut.

    The hedgehogs should really love this house as it is so roomy. Expensive but well worth the money if the feed back is anything to go by and made of top quality materials.

    Hedgehog House by Riverside Woodcraft

  • Manufacturer: Riverside Woodcraft
  • Cost: Premium
  • Weatherproof
  • Made from recycled plastic
  • Dimensions: 42cm long, 34cm wide, 24cm high
  • This is a robust and solidly built hedgehog house held together by woodscrews. It has an 18mm weatherproof and insulated roof made from solid recycled plastic and hinged with a lock for cleaning and inspection. It has solid wooden sides with a waterproof and rot-proof floor making it suitable for hibernating hedgehogs.

    This house, although expensive, has a very good reputation with most of its purchasers and it looks pretty good too.