Get hands on with our resident hedgehogs. In this mini practical experience you will learn the importance of hedgehogs. We will look at hedgehog ecology, conservation, field signs and how to encourage these creatures to live in your garden.
There will be a two-hour classroom session on hedgehog habitat, conservation and ecology before you accompany our Level 2 students to release the hedgehogs which they have been looking after over the winter months. Please note there could be possible media coverage of this event.
This course is suitable for ages 14 and over.
You just need to have an interest in hedgehogs.
This experience consists of an informative theory session followed by an actual hedgehog release.
There is no formal assessment. However, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance.
Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Animal Care, as well as a wide variety of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Animal management student Steph Lovely has returned to Derby College Broomfield Hall because of the unique combination of work-based learning and academic studies on the study programme.
Steph (25) is completing the first of two years on her Level Five course and is planning to stay on for a third year to work towards a Bachelors qualification.
Steph said she was initially concerned about funding but found she was eligible for student finance which enabled her to pursue her studies.
Previously she has taken two courses at Broomfield – a first diploma in horse care and a national diploma in horse management.
She worked with horses for a few years before deciding to switch direction while still working with animals.
Now she is aiming to go on to become a veterinary nurse or RSPCA foster carer.
Steph said: The course is really hands-on and that's what I wanted. It's going really well. I'm getting better grades than I expected, with merits and distinctions. It will be a stepping stone for the future."