I have spoken about helping out at Brownies before and although I am fairly busy, I will always try and make time for it as I find it really rewarding.I have been helping out since I was 13 and I love being able to do some crafty things and spend some time nurturing these girls [cheesy but true]. This week though, rather than making something or going somewhere, we had a visit from A HEDGEHOG. We recently held a coffee morning to celebrate our 50th anniversary and the money we raised, we donated to Vale Wildlife and to say thank you they came in to tell us a bit more about the work they do.
Isn't she the cutest?! Kim from the Vale Wildlife centre told us lots about the animals that they care for and brought in a hedgehog for us to see. I nearly died as she was gorgeous! Kim also brought in lots of nests and skins for us to have a look at and it was really amazing to see what the nests looked like...
|The hedgehog was shy at first but soon grew in confidence!|
|Owl pellet made up of all the bones/fur/feathers that an owl regurgitates as it can't digest them... NIIIICE|
|Antlers. Trying to explain the rutting season to a group of curious 7 year olds was an interesting experience!|
|Tarantula skin. I had no idea that tarantulas shed their skin like snakes but you learn something new every day! This was a fairly old specimen and unfortunately some of the legs had come off!|
We laid all of these different bits out on the table and the Brownies were able to go and have a closer look at each one which I thought was nice...
Did you know, hedgedhogs have very strong front legs as they use them for digging which means they are incredibly fast.
|It moved so fast the camera couldn't catch a picture!|
|The Easter bunny also visited!|
Apologies for the blurry photos, it is difficult to take photos when you have 24 excited girls all craning to see a little hedgehog! Although I am not what you would call interested in nature or the 'great outdoors' [I always joke that I am allergic to fresh air] it was really interesting to find out a bit more about the wild animals we have that are native to this country. Vale Wildlife costs £20,000 A MONTH to run so every bit that people can do really helps, after all prevention is better than cure!
Do you like hedgehogs? Have you ever volunteered?