Creating a Hedgehog-Friendly Haven: Preparing Your Garden for Hibernation

As the vibrant colours of autumn start to paint the landscape, hedgehogs are preparing for their long winter slumber. These adorable creatures play a crucial role in maintaining the ecosystem's balance. As responsible gardeners, we can lend a helping hand. In this blog post, we'll explore essential steps to make your garden a safe and welcoming spot for hedgehogs to hibernate during the cold months.

1. Remove Hazards:
Before transforming your garden into a hedgehog haven, removing any potential hazards is crucial. Check for netting, garden tools, and small spaces where hedgehogs could get stuck. Ensure all garden chemicals and pesticides are safely stored away to avoid unintentional harm.

2. Create Hedgehog Hideaways:
Hedgehogs love finding cosy spots to settle down for the winter. Piles of leaves, logs, and compost heaps make perfect hiding spots for these adorable critters. Leave these natural shelters undisturbed to encourage hedgehogs to seek refuge in your garden.

3. Provide Food and Water:
Offering food and water will entice hedgehogs to visit your garden. Provide a shallow dish of fresh water, ensuring it is easily accessible and won't tip over. Opt for hedgehog-friendly treats like specialised hedgehog food, cat/dog food (not fish-based), or mealworms. Avoid offering milk, as hedgehogs are lactose intolerant.

4. Build a Hedgehog House:
Consider constructing a hedgehog house or shelter using wood, allowing hedgehogs to nest safely. You can find various designs and templates online. Place the house in a quiet, secluded area of your garden to provide a peaceful hibernation spot.

5. Install Hedgehog Highways:
To ensure hedgehogs can freely roam and find safe shelter, create hedgehog highways by making small gaps in fences and walls. This will help hedgehogs navigate between gardens easily and avoid obstacles.

6. Reduce Garden Tidiness:
A bit of untidiness can be beneficial for hedgehogs. Resist the urge to tidy up your garden too much during autumn. Leaving some wild areas will provide these delightful creatures shelter, food, and nesting sites.

By preparing your garden for hibernating hedgehogs, you can contribute to the conservation of these enchanting animals and help them thrive during the winter months.

Embrace the beauty of the season and create a hedgehog-friendly haven that will be appreciated by both humans and wildlife alike. Let's work together to protect these charming little creatures and ensure they have a safe place to call home during their hibernation. Happy gardening and happy hedgehog watching! 🍂🦔🌼

Discover our range of hedgehog houses

Transform your garden into a sanctuary for these adorable creatures with Riverside Woodcraft's collection of hedgehog houses. Perfectly crafted to suit the needs of your spiky garden friends, our hedgehog houses are more than just a shelter; they're a testament to our love and commitment to wildlife care.

Why choose our hedgehog Houses?

Our selection of hedgehog houses, available on our website, is designed with safety and comfort in mind. Each house is:

  • Built for durability: Made with high-quality materials, our hedgehog houses are built to withstand diverse weather conditions, ensuring a lasting safe haven for hedgehogs.
  • Designed for comfort: We understand the natural needs of hedgehogs, so each house is designed to provide a cosy and secure environment for them to thrive.
  • Eco-friendly: In line with our commitment to the environment, our hedgehog houses are created with sustainable practices, making them a guilt-free addition to your garden.

Explore our collection today

Whether you are an avid wildlife enthusiast or a beginner in garden wildlife care, our hedgehog houses are the perfect start to making a real difference. 

Choose from various designs to match your garden's aesthetic and contribute to the conservation of these charming creatures.

Visit our Hedgehog House Collection and find the ideal home for your garden's nocturnal visitors. Shop now and participate in our mission to protect and nurture wildlife.

Explore our hedgehog accessories collection 

Step into the world of hedgehog care with Riverside Woodcraft's exclusive collection of hedgehog accessories. Our range, crafted with attention to detail and a love for wildlife, offers everything you need to create a welcoming environment for your garden's hedgehogs.

From ornamental additions to practical feeding solutions, our hedgehog accessories collection is designed to enhance the lives of garden enthusiasts and their spiny friends. Our range includes:

Each product embodies our commitment to quality and sustainability, ensuring you get the best for your garden's wildlife.

Whether you want to decorate your garden or provide essential feeding equipment for hedgehogs, our accessories collection covers you. 

Our products not only cater to the needs of hedgehogs but also add an aesthetic touch to your outdoor space.

Visit our Hedgehog Accessories Page to discover the perfect items for your garden. Shop now and take a step towards becoming a hedgehog champion!



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