Best Hedgehog Houses [UK] 2021: Top Predator Proof Hedgehog Houses
Here’s something for our little spiky friends. Whether you have one as a pet yourself or you just like to do your part for your friendly garden visitors, we’ve got the scope on the best hedgehog houses.
Personally, I’ve had a couple of hedgehogs come to the garden so I thought I’d look into ways of leaving out food and some kind of shelter for them as I really wanted to film my hedgehogs with a wildlife camera. These houses are a great option if you want to provide a little home or just have a predator-proof space to leave food and water out on a nice bed of straw.
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From rustic to built up, from natural shelters to houses, from twig-effect wood to more heavy-duty wood. We’ve got a great selection of predator-proof hedgehog houses for your gardens to keep your hedgehogs safe and fed. (Number one on the list is a very popular hedgehog house so get excited about this one.) 🙂
Best hedgehog houses
We’ve rated the best hedgehog houses based on ability to protect from predators, how well they entire hedgehogs to your garden, the build quality, price point, and how well they age over time.
Also, stay tuned for the hedgehog house buyer’s guide at the bottom of this article (or just skip ahead to the end) for more information when it comes to buying your predator proof hedgehog house.
Honestly, worth getting one of these just so you can hear a hedgehog snore – a very cute sound.
1. The Hutch Company Hedgehog House and Hibernation Shelter
With a lot of surrounding buzz from our customers, the Hutch Company Hedgehog House and Hibernation Shelter was an exciting one to try out.
So the first thing I noticed about this one is that it comes ready assembled, which is always a bonus. It was very nicely packaged and looks really well built – seems very sturdy and feels like great quality, although of course time will tell. Also, the roof is really easy to fasten on and off (but not so easy that any animal could get in there, so no worries if you’ve got any cats).
Overall, really impressed with the design and quality. Especially as it’s priced sensibly for most budgets, which comes out at mid-range from this selection of hedgehog houses.
It looks really smart, and the size (260 x 340 x 400mm) is great as it fits into relatively small spaces comfortably.
Works great as a feeding space as no other animals can get to the food apart from your hedgehogs. Doubles up as their sleeping stations as well as. The house is very well protected so you don’t have to worry about your hedgehogs.
The roof has a felt layer to keep it waterproof and a slanting roof to keep the rain off. The house has a floor as well, which is a nice touch and very useful because if you wanted to add a bit of extra protection, you can always raise the house a little with a couple of blocks underneath.
Can confirm we’ve had a hedgehog visitor and that they really do snore. So worth it.
2. Riverside Woodcraft Hedgehog House Golden Brown With Anti Bacteria Coating
Priced to the upside, we’ve got a more expensive option with the Riverside Woodcraft Hedgehog House. First impressions, it looks really well made and great quality. The roof looks very sturdy too as it’s made of slate.
I noticed that this one comes with a lock for the roof – good for adding more security to your house when it comes to bigger animals. Not sure the lock does any more than that – as I can’t imagine anyone would want to steal your hedgehog food.
This one also comes with a floor which is a great addition for practical reasons.
The roof has also helped to keep the house waterproof – I’ve had it out in very heavy rain and everything inside is still dry. The floor’s also great if you want to prop the house up on something else for added protection against the ground.
I had to be patient with this one but it paid off because we did wake up to find a little visitor sleeping in the house!
This one is obviously pricier than the last but it’s definitely a good option to consider for its sturdiness. Very impressed with the quality and it looks pretty smart in the garden as it’s a nice colour wood and the slate roof looks smart. A good size, too.
3. Tom Chambers Rustic Hedgehog House
So this one’s obviously a little different from the first two because of its shape and design. With the dark wood giving the house a more rustic feel, the Tom Chambers Rustic Hedgehog House is a pyramid shape as opposed to a box in a pretty simple design.
I was a bit sceptical because of this but I actually think the simple design makes it feel that extra bit sturdy and heavy. It works well in the rain and hasn’t let any water in which is great.
Just be aware that this one is a bit more rustic, as the name suggests, and so isn’t as built up. There are no internal walls or flooring. However, this hasn’t seemed to impact the house’s job in attracting hedgehogs and protecting them against bigger animals. Also, you can, as I’d recommend with even the floored houses, put down straw or some dry leaves as this will encourage use and provide more protection and comfort (as well as a barrier to protect the house against hedgehog mess).
I have noticed that some customers recommend placing a brick on top of the house to keep bigger animals like cats etc from moving the house as the lack of flooring could provide some access.
I’d say you don’t have to as this is relatively heavy but it’s definitely worth bearing in mind if you think you need added protection. I wouldn’t let this put you off the house though, especially given the low price.
I just love the look of it – looks great and blends well with the garden if you’re looking for something sweet and discreet. Just depends what you’re after in terms of design.
4. Brushwood Hogitat Hedgehog House Shelter
Another rustic looking one, the Brushwood Hogitat Hedgehog House Shelter is similar to the last in its shape and look because of its rounded, rustic design.
The big difference is in the design and material as this house is a good one if you’re looking for something discreet that will camouflage into your garden. Made from natural brushwood, the house has an organic, twiggy effect built onto a wire frame.
I really like this effect – looks really good in the garden and it’s very sweet and woodland-like – but I was surprised that it is still actually waterproof. It’s been out in the rain for a couple of days now and nothing’s damp inside.
I’ve added some flooring (straw etc) because this one doesn’t have a floor either. This also does help with extra waterproofing because I’d be a little sceptical with this against heavy rain – although I’ve heard good things, a bin bag liner or something would add extra protection.
The house is really well made and stable which is impressive considering this is the cheapest out of the selection. It’s also very spacious! Enough room for a few hedgehogs if you’ve found yourself with a few visitors.
5. Selections Wooden Hedgehog House With Bark Roof
I thought I’d include another one of the same price. I love the Selections Wooden Hedgehog House because of its design – a very sweet house-style with a foliage and wooden bark roof.
Might want to bear in mind that this one is the smallest out of the selection – but I think this can be judged from the pictures if you imagine the house after you’ve put straw and flooring down, so it’s more one for hedgehogs to burrow into. Not one for multiple hedgehogs but the benefit is that you can put fit it into a small space and it looks very attractive.
The roof has held up against light rain but I’d worry about it and heavy rain because of the way the bark links together – time will tell with this one.
I’d say overall this hedgehog house is very sweet to look at and so aesthetically it’s worth the price but if you’re serious about feeding and housing multiple hedgehogs, then this might not be the one for you.
6. Wildlife World Hoglio Hogilow Hedgehog Home As Featured On Autumn Watch
So this house is an interesting one to throw in the mix. At the pricer end of this selection, the Wildlife World Hoglio Hogliow Hedgehog Home is a really interesting look and style. Looking kind of like a sellotape dispenser in my opinion, this one’s a timber and plastic mix.
Something else unique about this house is that lid swivels rather than lifting off completely as it’s attached at the thin end with a screw. I just think this is a nice touch and another one you could put something on top of for extra security. Although it’s worth saying that if you’re looking to be able to completely lift the lid then this might not be right for you.
The actual house is well built as it’s got the plastic layer to protect the wood, which adds a waterproof element and helps to prevent the wood from rotting. I like the curving shape – a good design for providing extra protection against predators and keeping the hedgehogs safe from the weather. It also gives them some extra warmth for them.
The green colour also helps the house to camouflage slightly in the garden (if you have grass/plants) which is nice if that’s what you’re looking for.
Buyer’s Guide To Hedgehog Houses
Here I’ve got a few things to share that I’ve picked up along the way from testing these hedgehog houses. The key thing – to prioritise the safety and comfort of our little hedgehogs!
Keeping it clean
I’ve picked up a few different tips from customers about keeping your hedgehog house clean, because hedgehogs are not the tidiest of creatures.
So when it comes to looking for your hedgehog houses, bear in mind that you do want something that’s easy to access (i.e. with a roof that comes off or is retractable) so that you can clean the house and put down some protective flooring especially if you plan to feed hedgehogs.
Which leads me onto my second point that you might want to think about getting some extra flooring, not just for added hedgehog comfort and protection, but to keep your house from getting too mucky or from developing a weird smell. Even something as simple as a bin bag liner would make the difference.
Floor or no floor
So do bear this all in mind when deciding if you want your house to come with a floor or not – there’s way round either option.
The benefits of the house coming with the floor is that you can also prop the house on something to raise it slightly from the ground. In theory, this doesn’t have to be necessary but it is useful to be able to give a little extra protection, not just to the hedgehogs, but to the house in terms of weather protection and stopping rot from underneath.
However, this is easy to work around by adding flooring or just choosing your spots wisely.
If you’re trying to keep cats out I would recommend a cat scarer. I would also say the same for fox repellants too as they are known to attack younger hedgehogs. The one thing that really gets rid of hedgehogs is dogs. I know because my neighbour was bragging about how he got rid of moles and hedgehogs with them. I’m not entirely sure why he wanted rid of the latter but still, keep your dogs away if you want hedgehogs to thrive in your garden.
Following this guide will make picking the top hedgehog house easy!