I have always had a love of wildlife, this was nurtured by my Mum and in childhood I rescued animals who had got in a pickle; my bedroom became a safe haven for their recuperation. Following a life`s career working with children I found a hedgehog being pecked by a seagull in Penzance and Hedgepigs and Hoglets Rescue was born. I completed the Vale Wildlfe Hospital training, learned how to inject fluids and use a microscope and opened my own little rescue in St Just. I knew I could combine my new found knowledge with my experience of being a Natural Play Officer for Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and being a Playworker for West Penwith Childrens Centre`s to engage our children early and light that spark that ignited in me, because it is our children who need to fall in love with flora and fauna to protect our wildlife and natural spaces. We recently carried out a workshop with Sennen Community Primary Academy and the children got to see a Alfred Hedgehog.
The very thought of hedgehog`s demise prompted me to devote the rest of my life to saving the species. We have recently become a registered charity and currently have 3 Trustees, 5 volunteers, a Treasurer and many patrons and supporters.
We are in the process of moving our rescue to larger premises in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, because we have run out of space and we are going to build a bigger hedgehog hospital for the spring and summer 2022. We are keen to carry out nature play with early years and do educational workshops such as hedgehog house building and we want to expand our Go The Hole Hog project to offer people support with cutting holes in their fences where perhaps they may not be able to physically carry this out themselves and offer advice on making their garden more hedgehog and wildlife friendly.
Our vision is to connect as many of west penwith`s gardens as possible to create a hedgehog corridor and expand our work in schools and community groups. We wish to offer nature play for early years children aswell as raising awareness on how to encourage wildlife to our gardens as well as rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured or orphaned hedgehogs and hoglets.
Funds raised for our Go The Whole Hog Project would be used for funding travel to homes, purchase of extra equipment such as more tools to create the holes and pay for attractive hedgehog hole frames and the printing awareness raising flyers
Hedgepigs and Hoglets Rescue