Our Heavy Metal Hedgehog House has been specially designed to create a safe place for hedgehogs to hibernate and rear their hoglets.
Hedgehogs in the UK have declined from an estimated 30 million in the 1950’s to fewer than 1 million today. And their plight continues. Their habitat has been lost and degraded in both urban and rural environments with the removal of important dense hedgerows. These were once ideal places for strong wintertime nests which are essential for hedgehogs to survive hibernation. Without them, their fate is uncertain.
During the summer and autumn, hedgehogs collect leaves, grass, straw, bracken and reeds to make their nest. Historically (before their removal in recent decades) these were built deep within hedgerows, under fallen logs or in piles of brushwood. Hedges provide excellent space for nests, abundant supplies of invertebrates for food, safe places for rearing young, and protection from many potential predators. In fact, hedges are so well suited for hedgehogs that they are responsible for the name ‘hedgehog’!
Hedgehogs can roam as far as two miles in a single night as they search for the food they need and for suitable nesting places. Please consider creating a 4 inch hole at the base of your fence and side gate to help hedgehogs roam freely. Like all mammals, hedgehogs have two basic requirements to survive: a safe place to bring up young and hibernate, and a steady food supply.
Where both of these are present, a healthy hedgehog population has a great chance of surviving.
After much research, including years of testing and trials, we are proud to present the ‘Heavy Metal Hedgehog House’. This hedgehog house is a class above others currently on the market with its sturdy design and metal roof, built to keep hedgehogs dry, safe and warm inside. The Heavy Metal Hedgehog House was originally created as a strong and safe place on building sites that were cleared for developments. It proved to be so successful that it prompted us to make it available to the domestic market.
There is an entrance corridor accessed by a round hole and a unique engraved metal “Charlie” the hedgehog. Not only does Charlie give the house added charm, the steel plate also serves to protect the hole from damage caused by any other animals which may visit your garden. The entrance corridor leads to the sleeping chamber – this passage adds an extra layer of protection for hoglets and adult hedgehogs by preventing unwelcome visitors.
The strong riveted galvanised roof helps help the house dry, which is incredibly important for survival inthe sub-freezing temperatures of winter. An extra barrier of wooden batons on the inside of the roof increase insulation during the cold weather. The weight of the roof helps keep it closed even in stormy weather and our large ‘corkscrew’ bolt keeps the house firmly anchored to the ground. The house is made from treated timbers and has aluminium channel open feet to help prevent damp penetrating the sleeping chamber whilst providing insects (AKA hedgehog food!) with a safe home too.
The house’s guardian, Charlie the Hedgehog, is engraved with the message:
‘On darkest wintery nights when raging winds have stolen leaves from bending trees & an icy north breath has hardened the water I will rest my weary spines safe & toasty in my Heavy Metal Hedgehog House’
We hope you enjoy the Heavy Metal Hedgehog House and find a safe place for it in your garden, and that your local hedgehog is safe and toasty inside it!