Charity Number: 1176194

Suffolk Prickles aims to raise awareness about the plight of hedgehogs, now an endangered species, and what people can do to help. We have an ‘array of hedgehog’ talks and courses. Our talks and courses range from 45 minutes to a full day course:


‘An excellent day, lots of well timed interesting activities. Visual presentation – brilliant’ Daws Hall Trust

Courses and talks for young people:


A  hogtastic 45 minute talk which includes time for questions.

This talk includes; what a hedgehog eats, where it might live, what hibernation involves and what the children can do to help in their gardens. It is suitable for all primary ages.

We require a minimum of £50 towards expenses and donations of kitchen roll to help us out with our hogspital supplies.


A hoglet admission


This course is aimed at children between 8 and 16 and is a one day course. The course includes three power point presentations and lots of practical fun. Subjects covered are: ecology, basic anatomy, food webs, and hibernation. Participants get a chance to either design a garden for hedgehog or make an ideal hedgehog home using natural materials.

Cost of this course is £150

This course can also be divided into seperate talks of shorter lengths.

Two young hoglets investigating water for the first time.

Talks for adults:

Helping Hedgehogs:

A one hour talk with power point presentation that looks at the work of the rescue centre and hedgehog ecology.

It gives practical advice on how people can help hedgehogs in their own gardens.

There is an opportunity for questions at the end.

There is a minimum cost of £50 with donations of things from our Amazon wishlist/kitchen roll from participants.

This talk is highly suitable for organisations such as WI’s and Gardening organisations.

So You Think You Know About Hedgehogs:

This talk gives information about the development of the hedgehog, unusual facts, the different species and how the hedgehog population is affected by the choices we make as a human race.

An hour talk with an opportunity for questions at the end.

There is a minimum cost of £50 with donations of things from our Amazon wishlist/kitchen roll from participants.

Introduction to Hedgehogs

This is a day course giving participants a chance to learn about the history of hedgehogs, their ecology and what you can do in your garden to help.

‘The feedback was great! Everyone clearly loved it, and interestingly, several commented on how fascinating they had found the history side of things, so well done you for all your hard work. ‘ Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Care Courses:

Both of the care courses we run have been validated and approved by our veterinary practice Penrose and Partners.

Basic Hedgehog Course:

Currently run in association with Suffolk Wildlife Trust and Essex Wildlife Trust .

This course is a day course suitable for anyone who would like to know more about what a hedgehog eats, how and where they make nests, what their behavioural patterns are like during the year and how you can improve your gardens.

The course also looks at how to tell if a hedgehog is sick and some basic things you can do to help.

Cleaning and feeding the hedgehogs take up a big part of the day at the rescue

Intermediate Hedgehog Course:

Currently run in association with Suffolk Wildlife Trust as part of their adult learning programme.

This one day course will further your understanding of the most common problems faced by hedgehogs in the wild such as lungworm, ringworm, etc. It will also give you some advice about how you can work with your vet/ local rescue to help the hedgehog.

There will be an opportunity for some basic microscopy work.

This course is ideally suited to anyone that wants to further their knowledge about these wonderful creatures and may be interested in overwintering them or helping them further.


Bespoke talks/courses: 

We are happy to discuss your needs with you, and will organise bespoke courses. Details of what we can offer are available on request.

We have provided bespoke courses for Otley College degree students and other educational establishments, as well as schools, WEA and Guides/Scout groups.