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Eureka! Science + Discovery to host Hedgehog Awareness Weekend

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Eureka! Science + Discovery to host Hedgehog Awareness Weekend
Eureka! Science + Discovery - Hedgehog Awareness Weekend. Image credit: Jackson’s Animal Rescue.

Eureka! Science + Discovery is dedicating an entire weekend to celebrating our spiky little garden pals, the hedgehogs!

Eureka! Science + Discovery will host the hedgehog weekender on 11-12 May, 2024.

While the hedgehogs themselves won’t be joining the fun, they’ve lined up an array of presentations and workshops to educate and inspire families on how to protect these adorable leaf dwellers.

Leading the event are two passionate experts in hedgehog welfare and conservation: Greer Lacey from Jackson’s Animal Rescue and Lyndon Howson, a dedicated zoologist specialising in native species, particularly hedgehogs.

Jackson’s Animal Rescue, formerly known as Wirral Animal Sanctuary, is at the forefront of hedgehog rescue and conservation efforts.

Greer Lacey, a trustee of the charity, has been instrumental in raising awareness about hedgehog care and habitat preservation. Founded in 2020, Jackson’s Animal Rescue took over the site of a previous animal charity near Mold and expanded its operations to cover North Wales. Greer’s dedication to hedgehog welfare has earned her recognition across Wirral, Cheshire, and North Wales.

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Lyndon Howson, with his extensive experience in zoology and passion for native species conservation, brings invaluable expertise to the event. His work with Hedgehog Friendly Campus and the Mammal Champion Award from the Mammal Society underscores his commitment to safeguarding hedgehog populations.

His tireless efforts extend beyond such projects, where he actively engages with the public, reaching over 4000 individuals with valuable information and awareness about hedgehog conservation. With support from dedicated professionals Greer Lacey and Lyndon Howson, the Hedgehog Awareness Weekend promises to be an engaging and educational event for all ages.

What’s on at the Hedgehog Awareness Weekend?

• Introduction to Hedgehogs Presentation: Join Greer Lacey, trustee at Jackson’s Animal Rescue, as she shares insights about hedgehogs, what to do if you find one on the street or in your garden, and hints and tips to be more hedgehog friendly. 

• Make Your Own Hedgehog and Bug Hotel Workshop: Led by hedgehog expert and zoologist Lyndon Howson, participants will learn how to create hedgehog and bug-friendly hotels to take home. 

• Hedgehogs for Hoglets! Preschool Friendly Session: This interactive storytelling session, inspired by the ‘That’s Not My Hedgehog’ book, is aimed at under 5’s. Join Greer Lacey for a fun and educational experience!

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