After having fun with our Autumn Woodland Story Box, and inspired by this post from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots, we set about making our own hedgehog hibernation house in a corner of our allotment. After floating this suggestion a few of weeks ago, the girls most definitely took to the idea and we had lots of fun planning, researching, building and now checking on it regularly.
Over the last couple of weeks there has been lots of questions and conversations about planning this hedgehog hibernation house and about hibernation. We've been collecting all sorts of sticks, twigs, leaves and things when we've been to the park or woodlands, one such trip pictured below, and there has been lots of talk by Chick about how we are going to build it, what the hedgehog might need, why animals hibernate, which animals hibernate etc.
Our allotment is certainly on the wild side, but with lots of raw materials for building, plenty of space and close to woodland it's hopefully an ideal place to build a house for a hedgehog.
First up was collecting raw materials for building it - wood chippings for the foundation and the roof.
Logs for the walls and roof timbers.
Sticks to plug the gaps in the roof.
Leaves for bedding.
And straw for insulation.
We started out laying a foundation of woodchip and leaves.
Then we created our side walls and our first roof timber.
Then Chick set about adding more timbers to the roof and plugging the gaps with smaller sticks.
Until it looked like this.
Then we added wood chip for insulation to the roof.
And then finally straw was added for bedding. So here's our finished hedgehog hibernation house and we'll just have to wait and see if there is a resident over winter.