In this guide we’ll look at the best hedgehog houses for your garden.
I’ve compared build quality, hedgehog protection, material, and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
What is the Best Hedgehog House?
In a rush? Here’s my top choice…
Cleverly-designed home to keep hedgehogs comfy and safe!
This Hogilow Hedgehog Home has an innovative design which will keep hedgehogs safe and also create a haven to keep an eye on poorly ones. It’s made of FSC timber and recycled plastics, with an anti-predator tunnel hedgehogs can stay out the way of intruders. Easy to open and clean, it measures 50 x 39 x 23 cm.
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More Detailed Hedgehog House Reviews
Hogilow Hedgehog Home Review
The Hogilow Hedgehog Home is a futuristic pad for forward-thinking hogs.
It was featured on Autumnwatch and part-designed with guidance from the Hedgehog Society and Help a Hedgehog Hospital.
It’s made from FSC timber and recycled plastics for a lower carbon footprint. Standing at a roomy 50 x 39 x 23 cm, this green architectural home looks fabulous in any garden, especially urban areas that enjoy designer landscapes.
The lid swivels to one side for easy inspection and cleaning, and my favourite aspect is the anti-predator tunnel. The tunnel curves round meaning that any would-be intruders can’t reach the hedgehogs inside.
Nice extra features are the breathing holes for ventilation and raised feet to keep the cold and damp out.
Any hedgehog would be proud to call this home, and it’s an ideal present for wildlife lovers. Who doesn’t love the excitement of housing a hedgehog in the garden!
In my opinion it’s the best hedgehog house around!
Riverside Woodcraft Hedgehog House Review
The Riverside Woodcraft Hedgehog House is very sturdy, made from solid wood, which is good news for hogs seeking a long term des-res. Plywood tends to last only one or two seasons in the UK climate, so solid wood is good investment.
The floor is resin-sealed against damp, and, although the roof is composite wood, it’s covered in recycled slate to keep the rain out. The roof is also hinged, so you can check carefully for inhabitants, and it’s lockable to keep out inquisitive little fingers.
Inside, there are two sections – plenty of room for a hibernating hog or a mum bringing up hoglets. The anti-predator tunnel and ‘hallway’ helps keep out cats, dogs and foxes.
The home measures 52.5 x 38.5 x 51 cm and is another excellent choice if you are looking for one of the best hedgehog houses on the market.
Wicker Igloo Hedgehog House Review
The Wicker Igloo hedgehog house is a very cute, round residence made from a painted steel frame.
It’s topped with a circular brushwood-and-moss trim that looks great – but it also has an all-important waterproof roof.
This is a sturdy house that can be placed in undergrowth, beneath plants or just about anywhere in your garden. Wherever you put it, hogs will make good use of it!
It measures 22 x 59 x 53 cm which is enough room for a hog to hibernate and sleep during the day.
As with all floor-less hedgehog houses, you should peg it down if children, foxes, cats or dogs share your garden. This will prevent any injury to the slumbering hogs or disasters with small hoglets.
It’s also great to use as a secure feeding station for hedgehogs. Simply take away the cover to refill any bowls, and replace.
It’s the most expensive hedgehog house on the list and it’s definitely a pricey option. However, it’s a really nice natural, camouflaged option which will work well in most gardens.
Wildlife World Hedgehog House Review
This Wildlife World hedgehog house measures approximately 25 x 43 x 50 cm and has a rectangular coated-steel frame with a water-resistant felt roof – the perfect way to keep hedgehogs dry in a downpour.
The outer layer is finished with brushwood, so it blends well into a natural garden-scape. The small entrance tunnel helps to keep out predators, but allows a hog easy access and a feeling of safety.
There is no floor to this hedgehog house, so its best to pin it to the dry ground with tent pegs so dogs, foxes or children are unable to overturn it and disturb your new neighbour.
Wildlife World Habitat Hedgehog Home Review
Another Wildlife World hedgehog house, this model is incredibly camouflaged and super sturdy.
It’s made from a rust-proof steel frame that’s covered with a natural finish and has an internal waterproof-lined roof.
Waterproofing is essential – hedgehogs will not choose to live anywhere damp. If your hedgehog house leaks during hibernation, residents are at risk of fungal disease.
Happily, this house is waterproof and sturdy so that won’t happen here!
It measures approximately 25 x 43 x 50 cm and is very charming, suiting a rustic or natural garden. This ‘hogitat’ should be sited on dry ground and pegged down to protect against predators.
The small entrance tunnel will help to keep out cats and other intruders and easy access makes it perfect as a feeding station.
If you are looking for the best hedgehog house on a budget, this is both affordable and charming, packed with quality features.
Tom Chambers Hedgehog House Review
The lovely Tom Chambers hedgehog house is made from FSC woods with no ply in sight.
This attractive house measures 27 cm x 36 x 49 cm, which is plenty big enough for a hibernating hog or as a nesting box for pregnant mums. It’s waterproofed, with a stunning slanted-slate roof and dark-stained wood.
This hog house has no base so it’s easy to clean out and great as a feeding station too. Houses with bases can be used for food too, but as hogs are messy eaters you may find yourself washing out cat food and hog poo each day.
This house can be moved around as a hedgehog feeding station, but if used as a hedgehog house it should be left alone. Site it on flat, dry earth and wait for your new tenant to move in!
Things to Know Before Buying a Hedgehog House
Hedgehog numbers are declining at a shocking rate in the UK. Unbelievably, we’ve lost a third of them since the millennium. The good news is your garden can provide a lifeline for these sweet little animals.
Start helping hedgehogs by establishing a safe and welcoming environment:
- Create a hole in your fence line/dig a tunnel beneath it.
- Put out a shallow heavy bowl of water and some cat biscuits to tempt them in.
- Throw away slug pellets.
- Pick up your netting.
- Create an escape route from steep sided ponds.
Once you’ve prepared these steps, getting a hedgehog house is in order. Once hoggies realise your garden is safe, well-stocked and has a steady water supply, they’ll want to move in!
The following information should be of use when working out how to prepare the best hedgehog house for your garden:
Wooden Hedgehog Houses
If you want a wooden hedgehog house, go for real wood.
Plywood just won’t go the distance, and the last thing you want is rotting wood surrounding a nest or hibernating hog – it makes them vulnerable to predators and fungal infections.
If you buy a stained or varnished hog house, it will last longer; however, it may take a season for hogs to move in. They have sensitive noses and strong smells can deter them initially. Once the house has been weathered, hedgehogs will be more likely to use it.
Metal-Framed Hedgehog Houses
Metal framed hog houses can cause condensation, so wooden houses are usually recommended by wildlife charities, but there’s no escaping the fact that metal-framed houses are usually better value.
Metal framed hedgehog houses should be checked inside and out before use, and again each year for sharp edges.
A hog can easily cut itself on protruding pieces of metal, and once an open wound is created a slow death will often follow unless a vet or hedgehog rescue can step in.
It’s also a good idea to peg down metal-frame houses as they have little weight behind them. An overexcited dog or child can easily lift it up and undo all your hard work.
Four tent pegs will work well – push them through the frame and brushwood into the earth beneath.
Houses With Tunnels
If you are able to stretch to a slightly pricier version that has a tunnel and two internal sections, the hedgehogs will be safer from predators.
You want to avoid predators being able to stick their paw in to drag out bedding or even the hog itself. The best hedgehog house should feature a predator-proof tunnel.
Baby hedgehogs (known as hoglets – awh!) are especially vulnerable, so you should at least make a tunnel yourself if you choose a house without one – a few bricks will make all the difference.
You should use one hedgehog house as a nest and another as a feeding station.
If you put food inside the home of your resident hedgehog you risk attracting other hogs, predators and flies into their chambers. It will basically make nest invasions inevitable.
Putting food inside a house in the hope of luring a hedgehog in will also put them off as well – they are clever souls!
Create your own feeding station by placing a patio slab on bricks.
You’ve got the house, now it’s time to get the hog! Here are a few tips to make your hedgehog home irresistible – no estate agent fee required:
- You will need hedgehog-sized garden access so that hogs can find your house. They can’t climb over six-foot fence panels, so a 15 x 15 cm hole in the fence is essential. Failing that, dig beneath your fence to create a tunnel. No access = zero hogs.
- Ensure a clean, reliable water source is easily accessible. Wildlife will visit your garden if you leave out water. The trick is to make it clean and consistent. Hogs travel several kilometres a night and they get very thirsty. In hot weather many hedgehogs are taken to wildlife rescues with severe dehydration – imagine not having a drink for days in a heat wave. If you spot a hedgehog sunbathing take it straight to a vet or wildlife charity.
- After water comes food. Never give hogs bread and milk no matter what your friends say. They are lactose intolerant and although the hog won’t keel over and die in front of you, it will have dehydrating diarrhoea and increased likelihood of dying in their nest. It might sound dramatic, but it’s important. Bread won’t kill them, but it has no useful nutrients for small mammals. The best food is dry or wet cat food in a meaty flavour. Dog food is good too.
There are some tricks to siting a hedgehog house – they won’t move into just anything, it has to suits their needs!
Choose a sheltered spot on dry soil that doesn’t get waterlogged. Think about the winter months – is it wet there? If you decide it won’t be too damp, it could be a good spot. Turn the door so it faces away from prevailing winds. A hog won’t like 50 mph gusts blowing in and creating a chill.
Also think about heat. A hedgehog house in direct boiling sun will kill the hedgehog, it needs shade as well as rain shelter. If you have any large bushes, evergreens are particularly good, that’s perfect – hogs like a bit of cover when they emerge, plus it helps maintain a consistent temperature.
The final step is to make sure it’s not placed on a hedgehog footpath. If you have hogs and they run along your fence line, don’t put the house there. It’s too busy to be attractive to potential residents. Hogs like secret sheltered places.
Tip: Don’t be tempted to bury the hedgehog house as this creates damp. Cover it with leaves if you want, and then keep watch from a distance.
Anytime is a good time to put a hedgehog house out – right now is excellent, in fact!
Hedgehogs are active for most months of the year, even during hibernation they are often looking for water and food in warmer snaps. During these times it’s possible that the hedgehog will happen across your much more suitable accommodation and choose to move in.
Hogs use houses in a number of ways:
1. Hibernation – Hedgehogs hibernate for several months because food is in short supply. Don’t worry – feeding them cat food won’t interrupt their natural hibernation – it’s the cold that triggers the instinct. Hibernating hogs will feel cold to the touch, breathe shallowly and appear dead. Don’t move any hog out of a house in winter because you assume it’s died – it’ll just be deeply asleep.
2. A day nest – don’t worry if your hog disappears for a few days, they have large territories and can’t always make it back in time, so they have several nests in the area. Dirty stop outs indeed! Something as simple as a dog walker crossing their path at 5 am can prevent them returning before sunrise
3. Nests – Females can have several litters a year and your hedgehog box is the perfect nursery.
Hedgehogs are good at finding dry, warm bedding materials, but you can help out by putting down some dust-free hay, leaves and dry moss.
Half fill the house with these materials, and leave some around the entrance too. Whilst you’re doing this, clear your garden of anything unsuitable they might try to use for bedding, such as plastic bags. I once found a sock and a cloth napkin in a hog house – they are nothing if not resourceful.
Don’t put food, water or any type of chemical, including flea powder, in the house.
Hedgehog House FAQs
No, don’t put food inside the hedgehog house. Nests are invaded by other hogs looking for a meal and old rotten food attracts flies.
Yes, but sparingly. Hedgehogs don’t bite BUT do not check too frequently and, when you do have a resident, leave them alone. They will move out if you disturb them, and a mother hedgehog will kill her babies if you touch them or she feels invaded.
If you want to see hedgehogs, dusk and dawn are good times. An inexpensive night-time camera is perfect for hog watching. If you stand outside to listen you’ll no doubt hear them before you see them. Hogs are noisy, messy eaters and their courtship is really quite frightening to hear.
Putting a hedgehog house in your accessible garden, near a clean regular water source, will make the world of difference to our struggling hedgehog population. They are endearing, spiky little friends that help with slugs and snails. A gardener’s best friend!
Hedgehogs need all the help they can get, and your garden is one of the best places to place a hedgehog house to keep the dwindling population alive for future generations.