Hedgehog on green grass

How You Can Help Hedgehogs in Your Garden

Hedgehogs are cute, small animals that are found in gardens all around the world. While they may seem harmless, these creatures play an important role in the ecosystem. Hedgehogs help to keep down the population of slugs and other pests that can damage your plants.

However, due to habitat loss and other factors, hedgehog populations are declining. Here are some things you can do to help hedgehogs in your garden.

Hiding places

Make sure there is a place for them to hide. Hedgehogs need a place to hide from predators and escape the elements. A simple pile of leaves or logs will do. If you have a pet, make sure they cannot get to the hedgehogs.

Hedgehog inside a fallen tree trunk looking out.
Hedgehog in fallen tree trunk

Put food out for them

Hedgehogs are mostly nocturnal so they will be looking for food at night. Put out some dog or cat food for them to eat.

Hedgebog on a lawn eating dry food from a pink bowl.
Hedgehog on a lawn eating

Give them water

In hot weather, put out a shallow dish of water for them to drink from or cool off in.

Leave your garden tidy

Keep your lawn mowed and remove any debris such as rocks or sticks that could hurt them. Be careful when using pesticides as well, as these can harm hedgehogs if ingested.

Build a hedgehog house

If you have the space, you can build a simple wooden house for hedgehogs to live in. This can provide them with a safe place to have babies and hibernate during winter months.

Hedgehog on the doorstep to its hedgehog house in a garden.
Hedgehog house


By following these steps, you can make your garden more hedgehog-friendly and help support their populations. These small creatures play an important role in maintaining a healthy ecosystem and deserve our protection.