News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Prickles show their soft side

8th June, 2018 by Jude Owens

Two students from The Kings of Wessex Academy recently got up close to some local hedgehogs as part of building community links whilst using skills gained through their Life and Living qualification.

Prickles Hedgehog Rescue is run by volunteers on donations and is based on the industrial estate in Cheddar, and there is also a Prickles charity shop in Cheddar village. Prickles take in injured and poorly hedgehogs from across Somerset, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and the surrounding Mendip Area and can hold up to 200 hedgehogs at one time. A sort of hedgehog hospital hotel.

During their visit Sam Hunt and George Roberts learned how to look after the hedgehogs, clean and change their bedding and give them fresh food and water. They learned how to record their weight to monitor progress and what they need to survive – and Sam even held some hedgehogs (carefully)!

Prickles rely on people bringing the injured hedgehogs to them; although they have volunteer drivers who can also collect the hedgehogs. The charity covers Somerset, Devon and Dorset and has lots of specialised equipment on site to help nurse the hedgehogs; and they also work closely with local vets for more serious cases. The good part is when the hedgehogs are recovered they are released back into the wild.

Sam and George really enjoyed their visit and opportunity to help with the hedgehogs and learn more about these prickly creatures who are often found hiding in the garden.

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