Want to feed hedgehogs but not your neighbourhood cats? A hedgehog feeding station may well be the answer. It also helps to keep the food and the hedgehog dry when it is raining. Hedgehogs aren’t keen on rain!
There are lots of options for feeding stations. You can buy a ready made one, I use a wooden hedgehog house (see header pic) or you can also build your own very cheaply from a plastic box. Please remember that a feeding station should only be used for food – don’t mix dinner with bed and breakfast. Use a separate hedgehog box to provide a house.
You will need:
- A plastic storage box with a lid. A minimum of 12″ wide by 18″ (but can be bigger)
- A stanley knife or strong scissors to cut the hole
- Measuring tape to measure the size of the hole
- Strong tape to cover the cut edges of the hole
- A brick
- Small but heavy ceramic bowls for food
Building the box
- Decide whether you want to have the box with the lid on or whether you want to turn the box upside down with the lid underneath.
- Carefully cut out a hole around 4.5″ square.
- Tape up the edges of the hole – they may be jagged
- Line the box with newspaper
- Put the food at the far end of the box
- Place a brick on top to help prevent the lid being taken off by a fox/cat
Check the box daily and change the newspaper when it gets dirty. Wash the food bowls regularly to keep them clean.
You can also decrease the risk of cats getting into the feeding station by placing the entrance up against a fence or wall with only a hedgehog sized gap behind it….
If you want to check that your visitor is, in fact, a hedgehog, you can place a non-toxic ink pad at the entrance followed by a white paper lining. You should then be able to spot hedgehog footprints made by the ink….
For suggestions of what food to put in your feeding station please read my blog.
I run a hedgehog rescue in York. I make silver jewellery to raise funds to support my work.