Mid-July release day!

Yesterday was release day at Castle Howard with 9 hedgehogs going to their new home having passed their release exams with flying colours!

As we arrived, we could hear the hogs avidly sniffing the scents of their new surroundings.

We were met by staff from Castle Howard in the early evening eager to see these little critters settle into their beautiful new surroundings.

“3 of 6” is loving the natural surroundings

One-by-one we said goodbye to the little ones as they shuffled off into the foliage. One of the clan immediately bedded down under some logs, an excellent home!

Thank you to all the wonderful people at Castle Howard that enabled this release to take place into such perfect surroundings!

Milk? Mealworms? No!

A number of people have commented on the photos of young hoglets drinking milk. This is NOT milk – at least not cows’ milk.

Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant, meaning that if they drink cows’ milk, they will suffer severe tummy upsets and it can be fatal!

Hoglets drink their mother’s milk which is lactose free. A replacement for this is in the photos also lactose free but also with the nutrients a little hoglet needs to grow.

Only leave fresh water for hedgehogs, in a shallow dish, and with some stones to prevent hoglets from drowning and to weigh it down – hedgehogs like to tip things over!

Another no-no is mealworms. These have been shown to strip calcium out of their bones causing at best deformities and worst broken limbs. Peanuts and sunflower hearts cause a similar reaction. Unfortunately hedgehogs love mealworms but in this case even “a little of what you like doesn’t do you good!”

No milk! No mealworms! No excuses!

Please Help Me

Please Help Me

Please Help Me – I was found wandering around alone. I had been following my Mum and I got lost. Hoggies Respite were called and now I am feeling better. They are looking after me, feeding me and making sure that I grow up to go back to the wild again when I can fend for myself.

Please Donate using our Donate Button, to help this little hedgehog survive.

Three little orphans

*Note: This is not Milk, it’s a hoglet formula. Hedgehogs can die from drinking milk*

We had two mothers who came in unable to look after themselves.  Despite our efforts to save them, they died.  However, their offspring have survived.  We are nursing these poor little orphans and hopefully they will be released to the wild when the time is right.

These three need four hour feeds initially and then as they get older the feeds are more spaced apart.  It is thanks to our Volunteer who works tirelessly with our orphans that these three are looking so good.

Mama Mama

This is Mama Mama, who came to us a couple of weeks ago, her little ones are now approximately 3 weeks old.  She was poorly and unable to stay where she was in the wild.  We rescued Mama Mama, gave her a nice hutch to bring her babies up in.  She has water and food and they are all doing well.



This is the first release this year which we are pleased to report.  All of the hedgehogs featured above, came into us at the end of last year with various problems that needed to be resolved.

Throughout the winter we have nursed them back to health and now they are back out in the wild where they should be.

This is what Hoggies Respite is all about.  Rescue, rehabilitate and release.  It takes a lot of money to provide food, medication and care for these creatures.  Please help us by donating via our link here



Matilda here is getting used to settling down in hay in preparation for going back out into the wild. She’s one of the many here that have been recuperating with Hoggies Respite over the winter, and now the weather is acceptable, it’s time to say “bon voyage”.

We’ll be visiting regularly to ensure Matilda is settling in to her home and keeping well. Hopefully little Matildas might appear!

Matilda in her hay nest

Hello, my name is Henry, I have been very poorly over the winter months.  I am now feeling much better and it will soon be time for me to be released back into the wild.  I am getting quite excited about this.

My friends are just coming out of hibernation, so look out for them.  If you see them out during the day, and moving very slowly, they probably need some help.  Call Hoggies Respite who will give you some advice on what to do.

Spare a thought for hedgehogs coming out of a deep sleep, leave some water in your garden where we can reach it easily.  Leave us a little poultry cat food, or hog biscuits.




Happy Christmas

Hello, I am known as Mauri, I would just like to say a Happy Christmas from all the Hedgehogs being cared for at Hoggies Respite.  Please help us all by donating or purchasing from our Amazon Wishlist.

Don’t forget to leave us some food and water out in your garden over this winter.