There are 17 species of hedgehog native to parts of Europe, Asia and Africa.
Their name first came into use around 1450 and was derived from the Middle English heyghoge – heyg (hedge) because it frequents hedgerows and hoge, for its piglike snout. The collective name for a group of hedgehogs is an array.
Hedgehogs enjoy a varied diet of worms, beetles, slugs, caterpillars, earwigs and millipedes. If you wish to encourage hedgehogs in your garden, a good way is to put out some meat based dog or cat food, however they are lactose intolerant so do not give them milk, just water.
With hedgehog numbers dwindling from as many as 36 million in the 1950s to around a million now, they need all the help and support we can give.
This solid wood box, with animal friendly preservative, is an ideal feeding station for hedgehogs. It has no floor, but a roof made from recycled plastic providing a dry, safe environment for hedgehogs to take shelter and feed in comfort. The entrance is 12cm square, reducing the risk of predators gaining access.
If you wished to provide additional comfort, you could place the box on a slate or garden tile and add a few leaves to the interior. Positioned in a quiet spot in the garden, perhaps under a bush, to encourage a visit from a hedgehog.