We've teamed up with the British Wildlife Rescue Centre to offer educational wildlife workshops in and around South Derbyshire and Staffordshire!
Our workshops are interactive learning experiences where participants can meet wildlife, make a wildlife craft and master a fact or two through fun games and activities!
"Hoglets and the British Wildlife Centre provided workshops at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in 2019. A packed room of children (and adults!) thoroughly enjoyed meeting owls and hedgehogs, learning how the animals interact with the outside world. If you get the chance to join for a workshop, it’s a fun educational experience for all the family and I can highly recommend them!"
Children will share a story with a rescued hedgehog from the British Wildlife Rescue Centre before discovering what his prickles really feel like. They'll become hedgehogs - hunting for worms and rolling up in to balls before creating their own hedgehog made from clay.
With the help of a story sack, children will get to know Sarah, Percy and Bill - The Owl Babies. They will meet and stroke a real owl from the British Wildlife Rescue Centre, learn what an owl's favourite snack is by hunting for mice, all before creating their own 'Owl Babies' collage to take home.
Through sharing a magical story, hiding and hunting for acorns, creating their own winter woodland Christmas decoration and of course, meeting a real woodland friend from the British Wildlife Rescue Centre, our youngest wildlife lovers will learn how our wonderful woodland wildlife prepares for the winter!
Based around the book ‘WOW! said the owl’ by Tim Hopgood. Children will follow the adventures of a curious little owl who decides to stay awake all day, instead of all night, and discovers a world bursting with colour! This story will be brought to life by the British Wildlife Rescue Centre, who will introduce children to a real owl from their wildlife hospital. Following the story, children will discover the meaning of camouflage by hunting and hiding caterpillars and then will explore creature patterns… can they help the ladybird, deer and frog to find their spots? Finally, the little artists will get creative, scratching away their own colourful work of art to take home!
Based around the book ‘Skye the Puffling’ by Lynne Rickards. Children will journey with Skye, a baby puffling, who sneaks out of her parents' burrow, tumbles off the cliff edge and accidentally lands on a passing gannet's back! On their journey, children will explore all five senses, experiencing some of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of the British seaside. Whilst travelling with Skye, the children will stop off to meet some of her fluffy feathered friends from the British Wildlife Rescue Centre and will discover that sand isn’t just for making castles, by bringing their own seaside creation to life!
"Hoglets wildlife visited our nursery with their hedgehog, as part of our Autumn topic. The staff were amazing and kept the children fully engaged and captivated by the hedgehog and the supporting activity which they provided and carried out for the children.
I used a child's E.Y.P.P. money to fund this event and its the best decision I ever made. This activity managed to cover all 7 areas of the E.Y,.F.S. and met all the children's individual needs. It gave the children an opportunity to handle a hedgehog which is something that most of them would never have done before, it links lovely with our 'Awe & Wonder' ethos.
We will definitely be having them back "
For nurseries or similar, we recommend shorter sessions of around 30-40 minutes with smaller similar-aged groups.
Available to book on Wednesdays & Fridays.
Through fun games and activities, children will get to know the fascinating creatures who come out when the sun goes down! They will discover why they are nocturnal and how they survive in the dark, they will meet a nocturnal creature from the British Wildlife Rescue Centre and finally create a glow in the dark bat to take home!
Our hedgehogs have been decreasing rapidly in the wild in recent years, however with the help of our future wildlife lovers, this trend can be reversed! By becoming builders, children will construct a 'hedgehog friendly' housing estate with their incredible imaginations and a pile of lego! They'll look at the problems hedgehogs face through a game, meet a rescued hedgehog from the British Wildlife Rescue Centre and create their own hedgehog made from clay!
Through fun games and activities, budding bat lovers will learn where bats like to live, what bats like to eat and how they manage to hunt in the dark! We'll go hunting for moths - who will win, the pipistrelles or the brown long-eared bats? We'll listen to different bat calls and then demonstrate echolocation with a blindfold and some very noisy moths! Children will meet a bat predator from the British Wildlife Rescue Centre and finally create their own 'glow in the dark' bat to hang upside down at home!
Learn where our British wildlife chooses to live and why, find out who lives in a holt, a sett and a lodge, discover how our habitats can change over time and why they might be under threat. We'll look at micro habitats and if feasible, head off on a habitat hunt around the grounds. Then finally, all children will meet a prickly pal from the British Wildlife Rescue Centre before making their own hedgehog habitat creation!
Our wildlife can't turn up the central heating during the winter, so how do they adapt? Learn all about hibernation, migration and the other ways our wildlife survive the cold winter weather! Children will follow a swallow on it's 6 week journey to South Africa, learn how and why geese fly in a V formation and then discover how we can help the wildlife that is still around by making a bird feeder! One of our most popular hibernators from the British Wildlife Rescue Centre will of course be helping us!
What's makes a mammal different from a bird, a fish, an amphibian and a reptile? During this workshop, children will discover the difference between a vertebrates and invertebrates before exploring the 5 classification groups through wildlife sorting activities - all British wildlife of course! They will meet a mammal or bird from The British Wildlife Rescue Centre before creating their own classification wheel to take home,
"The hedgehog workshop was superb! Andy and Abbie were extremely well orgranised and had arranged fantastic activities. They knew how to engage students from the offset whilst ensuring that they were learning. As a teacher, it was such a wonderful experience. I didn’t have to prepare a single thing! Andy’s professionalism of knowing how to behaviour-manage ensured that everything ran smoothly. As a result, it made for a truly excellent afternoon. Thank you again and we look forward to working with you in the future."