Caistor Brownies were delighted when Frank Tett of Hedgehog Rescue in Appleby visited them to speak about the prickly creatures and following a question and answer session, the highlight of the evening was the appearance of a hedgehog Frank had rescued, which wandered around the floor before being held by Frank and stroked by all.
Frank explained to the Brownies how 50 years ago there were 30 million hedgehogs in this country, but now there are only approximately 1 million.
He spoke about the life of hedgehogs - how they hibernate for about four months in winter and after waking up in Spring go on to have their babies, known as hoglets - and how hedgehogs should not be fed bread and milk, but prefer dog/cat food and water.
Frank is pictured holding the hedgehog, with Martha Bates, Rosie Griffiths, Poppy Chappell and Jessica Delee. (Lin)