Sunday, 21 September 2014

Hedgehog homes for Autumn

I am still chasing my tail after a very busy summer. It does not help that my students are back to lessons so time is pressing but … I have missed sharing my blog posts so hopefully some of you will be generous & forgiving of my absence.

One of the many pressing late summer jobs at home is always to get the garden tidied ahead of the cooler weather & that includes taking care of the many wildlife creatures that have made their home in our garden.

We have a huge variety of regular birds that call our garden their home. It is a secluded suburban garden with hedges & bushes for cover as well as several bird feeders to tempt them to stay.


A fledgling pigeon on our fence


A decorative birdhouse on our shed that is very pretty ….


Our pair of grey squirrels have been hoarding the nuts again - stuffing their faces then burying their stash all over our lawn. We tolerate their antics as they are regulars ….

We have several very cute robins who are quite tame & they pop close by where we are in the garden, hoping for fresh worms as we garden.  This is a new robin nesting box we have put up for them.


In the evening,  we even see some bats feeding on the wing through the hedges which is interesting as they must roost somewhere locally.

Last night, as we were eating in the conservatory, we saw our regular pond frog hop past to nibble on tasty bugs en route to the garden fountain. He has been seen regularly for some years so we know he must live in our garden.

Our garden - front & back has had regular hedgehog visitors for some years. We have seen them making their way around late at night & I even rescued an ill one & our local vets nursed him back to health then returned him to a suitable home.

Our local farm shop had this hedgehog home made for us. It is rather large & was tucked under our front bush because we know that passing hogs visit it as the food disappears & we often see signs of the leaves being moved around. We also made the entrance smaller by nailing on another wooden batten as we found a small neighbouring cat could sneak in for the food.


However, we decided on a smaller home with an easier lift up roof & dutifully moved the larger home to our back garden, where we tucked it under our far corner hedge where I rake the fallen leaves each year for the blackbirds to dig about in.

We bought this well made hedgehog home from a local Shropshire maker - ktnestboxes. I met Katie & she takes great pride in making several kinds of nesting boxes & wildlife homes.


The mealworms were gobbled up overnight so we topped it up again this morning


The lift up roof on the new hedgehog home for the front bushes where hogs regularly visit


A sign we have on the roof of the house - visitors often comment on the house & ask after the hogs


The front hedgehog house - tucked securely under a very large bush where passing hogs have been seen several times late at night



The hedgehog house in the corner of our back garden has already had a visitor as the mealworms were all gone & the leaves have been disturbed.I always rake fallen leaves into this corner under the hedges & it seems to encourage lots of creatures to visit over Winter


I hope you share your space with some interesting creatures too. Do you feed & provide shelter for any wildlife?  Our hedgehog story is also at a-hibernation-home-is-needed

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy your comments

Dee ~♥~

2 comments:

  1. Wow, hedgehogs really live in style don't they? Love these cute little homes!

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    1. Thank you - they are very cute little creatures of habit & we have 3-5 of them visiting nightly!

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