The guys at Ark Wildlife are always striving to design and create new products very much with wildlife in mind and when they asked me if I would like to take a look at their new hedgehog boxes, I was more than happy! Two huge boxes appeared last week and I unpacked them to find some very good looking hoggy boxes…. perfect for my patch. This first review is for the 'Hedgehog House with hinged Inspection Roof'.
We were heading fast toward hedgehog hibernation and some of the larger individuals may well already have found that cosy nook to nestle in before the cold winter temperatures hit our shores. This boxes I have been sent is designed for hibernating / breeding hedgehogs and it certainly looks good at first glance; sturdy and well made with generous proportions.
A larger box like this gives the opportunity for plenty of nesting materials to be brought in, all of which increases the insulation properties of the bedding making for a more comfortable hibernation… and in extreme weather conditions where temperatures drop really low, that added insulation could be the difference between life and death. A winter or two out in damp and cold conditions can really take its toll on a hedgehog box, especially on the roof and this is where this new one looks like it might be a winner!
The roof is made from a material called EcoSheet. It is created from 100% recycled plastics and its sturdiness and thickness suggests it will be an excellent protection from the elements; both cold and wet.
It is good and spacious inside and built with a high grade wood (21mm) with added ventilation holes. This will help cut down on condensation inside the box. The base also has uneven feet so as to create a slope so water does not puddle. Recessed hinges in the roof also ensure that no water enters the box when it is opened. The entrance hole is just 11.5cm, to help prevent cats and other predators entering the box.
A study clasp and catch means the box can be shut with no risk of anything opening it…
I am impressed with this box and feel, with it 5 year eco friendly rot treatment, it will offer a superb retreat for hibernating hedgehogs… let’s hope I get some takers in the WildlifeKate patch... if not for hibernation... then for breeding!