ANIMAL management students from Widnes had the opportunity to join BBC TV crews as they filmed wild animal rehabilitation.

Pupils from Cronton Sixth Form College joined the Countryfile team at Lower Moss Wood Wildlife Hospital in Knutsford, which provides an educational reserve and helps more than 2,000 sick and injured animals every year.

The students were invited to the wildlife hospital on this occasion to be involved with the filming of a BBC Countryfile segment which focussed on hedgehog rehabilitation and the differences in caring for wildlife animals compared to domesticated pets.

The excited students were able to meet the BBC production crew, including presenter Steve Brown, and appear on camera for interviews.

Six students were interviewed for the programme which is due to air on BBC Two on Sunday, February 3.

Along with filming, the students enjoyed talks about wildlife species with Ray Jackson and got up close and personal with some of the wildlife kept at the centre.

Keelie MacDonald, animal management programme leader at Cronton said: "The BBC Countryfile crew were very friendly and made us feel part of the team.

"The students really enjoyed the experience."