How Can You Help Hedgehogs?

There are lots of simple ways you can help hedgehogs living in your area. Measures such as making a hedgehog house, a feeding station or a hedgehog highway in your garden fence will make a huge difference.


A hedgehogs natural diet is made up of mainly beetles, caterpillars, slugs and worms. You can help supplement their diet by putting out meaty cat or dog food or biscuits and a bowl of water. Specially made hedgehog food can be bought from pet shops, supermarkets or garden centres.

There are lots of different design ideas online.


Hedgehogs are lactose intolerance.

Try using beer slug traps instead.


Keep ponds wildlife friendly.


Log piles, compost heaps , leaf piles and overgrown areas provide a great area for hedgehogs, and other wildlife, to live safely, and relatively undisturbed, and of course are full of tasty insects for any hungry hedgehogs.


Always check for sleeping hedgehogs before you start strimming or mowing.


Making a hedgehog hole in your garden fence is one of the simplest and most important ways you can help hedgehogs.

"We now know that one of the main reasons why hedgehogs are declining in Britain is because our fences and walls are becoming more and more secure, reducing the amount of land available to them."

Hedgehog Street. 

Artificial hedgehog houses can be made, or bought, and will provide a nest opportunity for hedgehogs in your garden.

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They can come in all different shapes and sizes but here is a design for one you can build from Wild Life Trust. Click on the button below to take you to their design.

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If you want to find out more information about hedgehogs visit The British Hedgehog Preservation Society web page.

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Find out about how to help other wildlife in Otley or your local area.