The number of hedgehogs in the UK has dramatically declined in the past 10 years so that now it is estimated we have less than 1 million of these timid mammals. In the 1950s there were as many as 36 million hedgehogs.
Most hedgehogs are born in June and July. The gestation period for hedgehogs varies, depending upon the species, to between 35 and 58 days. The babies, known as hoglets They are born blind and have a protective membrane over their quills which dries and shrinks over a few hours. The average litter is 3-4 for larger species and 5-6 for smaller ones. Comparative to their size, hedgehogs have a reasonably long lifespan with smaller species living 2-4 years and larger ones, 4-7 years in the wild.
This is an animal in dire need of help and anything we can do to provide a safe haven for them to nest and hibernate, supplementing their diet when needed, is essential.
Constructed from solid timber and treated with an animal friendly, non-toxic preservative, this sturdy hedgehog house is ideal for a small family to take shelter and perfect for hibernating hedgehogs.
It has an 18mm thick recycled plastic, gentling sloping roof so water drains off quickly, keeping the house waterproof. The roof is hinged, providing easy access for cleaning, with a lock to secure it from strong wind and predators. It has a 3mm gap at the front to provide good ventilation and reduce condensation. Please note: the manufacturer has altered the design of the roof, removing the corners to prevent breakage - see first image. The colour of the roof can vary as it is made from recycled material.
The entrance is 12cm square and staggered to deter predators.
The box is mounted on bearers to keep it clear of the ground, providing a warm and dry house.
Dimensions (cm): 50 (L) x 38 (W) x 27 (H)