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.
Going to Derby College to study animal management is, says higher education student Lauren Cooper, one of the best decisions she has ever made. Lauren, who took her level three qualifications with the College, is now on a higher education animal management course. She hopes to work in a zoo or in canine rehabilitation in the future. Although she has always loved animals, Lauren hadn't realised such learning opportunities were available to her when she first left school with GCSEs. That all changed though after she went along to an open day at Broomfield Hall with her sister Natasha – a Derby College floristry student. As a then 24 year old with a young child, Lauren discovered that she qualified for free tuition on the level 3 animal care course, bursary help with her travel expenses and a free on-site nursery place for son Zander. Lauren, who has two lurchers and a lizard named Scott at home, particularly relishes the hands-on elements of her HNC course – especially handling more unusual species such as porcupines and skunks. Supportive tutors and family fun days which 'tractor mad' Zander loves, are also among other great aspects of studying at Broomfield Hall.
She said: "Taking the decision to come to Broomfield Hall was a no brainer.
"I loved everything about the level 3 course and I'm really enjoying the higher education course I'm on now. I hope my experience will be an inspiration to other people who have a passion for learning how to look after animals."