The Beavers invited the Cubs to join their Zoom meeting recently week and were joined by Dave Hudson from ‘Prickles and Paws’ hedgehog rescue centre in Newquay. He gave everyone a tour of the rescue centre which was very impressive. They got to see the incubators containing hoglets and the building where the bigger hedgehogs and the maternity unit were housed. The tour then moved on to the outside space where a fenced off area was home to the hedgehogs before being released back into the wild. As well as hedgehog houses, feeding stations and hedgehog highways, they all got to see the hydrotherapy pool used to assist the hedgehogs in recovering from any injuries they might have.
Everyone learnt a lot, including how hedgehog numbers are declining and the importance of making our gardens hedgehog friendly. He encouraged everyone to get involved with this by making hedgehog houses, highways and by creating feeding stations. He encouraged the Beavers and Cubs to send the rescue centre any photos of anything they do to create a great environment for a hedgehog.
If you click on this link https://www.pricklesandpaws.org/ you can go directly to the ‘Prickles and Paws’ website. Please do visit, it has all the contact information, along with information on how to attract hedgehogs to your garden. There are also some adorable hedgehog photos.
As a charity they are reliant on public support to be able to keep their rescue centre open. If you would like to donate to ‘Prickles and Paws’ you can do so via their website. Please contact one of our Beaver or Cubs leaders for more information on this.
A very big thank you to Dave Hudson for giving us all such an interesting evening and for showing us around ‘Prickles and Paws’ rescue centre.