Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this blog, we need everyone’s support to help these beautiful creatures. To be honest, you wouldn’t think they were wild animals, when we bring them here they are very unwell, have a 50-50 chance of survival and they are also vulnerable. Most of the time we have them, we have to earn their trust so we can help them recover from illness or injury.

We are self-funded and volunteer our time and our homes and when the hoglets come to us, mostly sleep deprived, it’s all worthwhile to see them grow and develop into fully grown adults ready to release to safe gardens, whenever possible. None of this would be achievable without June, Valerie, Carrie, Bev and Margaret, who have donated goods for our car boot sale, Sonia for food and Jane at Tesco, for stopping by with some food too.

Tara and I will be releasing some prickly pals in the next few days, Teddy, Barry, Molly, Mary and Olga, to name but a few, some of course will have to remain, they are either too small or on medication of some sort. The four hoglets from Silverdale Place are no longer babies, they are still small but making progress, Harmony and Ebony are also too small, they are doing really well though. Finally Nutmeg, found by Shirley in Aycliffe Village, came in on Monday, very poorly, we removed about 35 rather large ticks, she has been cleaned up and eating well but she will be here for a while because she has a bad stomach.

Tip of the Week: The very damp weather and flash flooding is causing our hedgehogs a lot of problems, nests and food supplies are submerged, what’s also worrying is that there are some babies in nests, please be vigilant, help them if you see them and seek advice from The British Hedgehog Preservation Society on 01584 890801. Our Facebook page is Prickly Haven Hedgehog Hotel, or e-mail These little ones need bringing in to safety without delay.

Maxine, Tara and Tyra