Introducing the Hogilo
As seen in the BBC Autumn Watch, Hogilo Hedgehog House is an eco-friendly home and feeding station – with long lasting benefits.
Where many alternative wooden structures suffer rot and water damage, the eco-friendly Hogilo made from recycled agricultural plastic and plywood inner (FSC timber) is a more weather-proof option.
Constructed neatly with screws, this hedgehog habitat is a relatively light weight structure at only 3.85 kg.
Highly recommended by professionals
Hogilo is the preferred choice among the experts of the hedgehog world such as: vets, rescue missions and rehabilitation centres. It also enjoys direct endorsement from the UK Hedgehog Preservation Society.
Ideal for long term occupation
Well ventilated, Hogilo is a breathable home for hedgehogs and therefore suitable for long term occupation – even hibernation. Still, it is versatile enough for use as a feeding station.
Its unique figure-6 design with swivel lid provides easy access to keepers for:
- feeding and
- administering care – without too much disruption.
The Hogilo has an extended roof portion over the porch-like entrance (doorway is a little under 5 inches wide) and upon entry the hedgehog is met with a labyrinth-style tunnel into the inner chamber. This makes its design a deterrent for predators like cats and foxes.
Offering the resident hedgehog good protection from rain with a reinforced roof and battened feet (raising the floor off the ground) – the Hogilo well defensed against outdoor moisture.
Siting the Hogilo
If you hoping to adopt a local hedgehog by producing a convenient habitat for them in your garden, site the Hogilo in a naturally appealing location.
This would be namely under shrubbery, beside a hedges – or generally under cover and with the entrance facing an open clearing.
Place within the Hogilo some appropriate bedding such as hay or dry leaves.
Outside the house, placing a bowl with some hedgehog food and/or clean drinking water will encourage more hesitant hedgehog to give your house a try.
For best results
Best times to prepare the Hogilo for attracting local hedgehogs? May – June, during the rut and October before hibernation. These are times when hedghogs will naturally seek after a home.
Has your Hogilo attracted unwanted attention? Has a rat moved in, perhaps? This is natural in a wild environment that you don’t always produce the most controlled or expected outcomes. Don’t fret – it happens. Just carefully remove the unwanted guest respectfully and clean out the habitat for a hedgehog.
Not getting any hedgehogs move in? Consider re-siting the hedgehog house, using hedgehog food, drinking water – keep going, don’t be discouraged. You have to be experimental for the best results.
All the best with your new Hogilo!
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