Events & Courses

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Care Courses & Talks

Introduction to Hedgehogs

This is a day course giving participants a chance to learn about the history of hedgehogs, their ecology and what you can do in your garden to help.

“The feedback was great! Everyone clearly loved it, and interestingly, several commented on how fascinating they had found the history side of things, so well done you for all your hard work.” Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Basic Hedgehog Care

Currently run in association with Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

This course is a day course suitable for anyone who would like to know more about hedgehogs, and what we can do to help them.

The course also looks at how to tell if a hedgehog is sick and some basic things you can do to help.

Intermediate Hedgehog Course

Currently run in association with Suffolk Wildlife Trust as part of their adult learning programme.

This one day course will further your understanding of the most common problems faced by hedgehogs in the wild such as lungworm, ringworm, etc. It will also give you some advice about how you can work with your vet/ local rescue to help the hedgehog.

There will be an opportunity for some basic microscopy work.

This course is ideally suited to anyone that wants to further their knowledge about these wonderful creatures and may be interested in overwintering them or helping them further.

Courses & Talks for Children & Families

Family Course: Hedgehog Discovery

Date: Saturday 26 October 2019
Time: 10.30am-3.30pm
Venue: Lackford Lakes Nature Reserve, Lackford Lakes, Bury St Edmunds , Suffolk, IP28 6HX
Price: Adult + 1 child - £40. Additional child place: £10

An opportunity for young people (11-16 years old) and their accompanying adult to learn together about the magical world of hedgehogs, their habits and ecology.

The course will be presented by founder of Suffolk Prickles Hedgehog Rescue, Paula Baker, who has run many successful and enjoyable courses for Suffolk Wildlife Trust over the years as she shares her passion for these beautiful creatures. Paula will reveal hedgehogs’ lineage, their preferred habitats, behaviour and feeding habits as well as how we can help them overcome the challenges they face in our gardens today.

Hedgehog numbers have dropped alarmingly in the past ten years and we fear that up to a third of the UK’s population has been lost.

Participants on the course, both older and younger, will be encouraged to do all they can for hedgehogs in our county and guided to understand how to provide support for this endearing and endangered creature.

Parents/carers pay the usual £30 price for an adult place and can bring their 11-16 year old with them for just £10 extra. 


Bespoke course ideal for school groups
Age: 8-16
Price: £150.00

This course is aimed at children between 8 and 16 and is a one day course. The course includes three power point presentations and lots of practical fun. Subjects covered are: ecology, basic anatomy, food webs, and hibernation. Participants get a chance to either design a garden for a hedgehog or make an ideal hedgehog home using natural materials. 

This course can also be divided into separate talks of shorter lengths.


45 minute talk
Price: A minimum of £50 plus donations of kitchen roll to help us out with our hogspital supplies.

A hogtastic 45 minute talk which includes time for questions.

This talk includes; what a hedgehog eats, where it might live, what hibernation involves and what the children can do to help in their gardens. 

It is suitable for all primary ages.

Bespoke Courses​

Bespoke courses for schools, colleges, universities & local community groups

We are happy to discuss your needs with you, and will organise bespoke courses. Details of what we can offer are available on request.

We have provided bespoke courses for Easton & Otley College degree students and other educational establishments, as well as schools, WEA and Guides/Scout groups.