"Meet the Hedgehogs" TV Documentary
Tuesday 20th June 2017
8pm on Channel 5
Everyone loves hedgehogs!
Brian May, Guitar legend and founder of the supergroup Queen, will be appearing in this 60 minute documentary with Steve Backshall, Naturalist and TV Presenter.
In this charming documentary, Steve Backshall visits the Surrey village of Windlesham - the ’Hedgehog Friendly’ village following a campaign by Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue who are based in the village. Queen legend Brian May supports the centre which shares the buildings with Brian’s own animal welfare charity, Save Me Trust.
We get to see a unique insight into the workings of a wildlife rescue centre and the challenges faced by some of it’s ‘spiky’ patients. The cameras followed the centre’s founder, Anne Brummer and her team of volunteers as they help sick, injured and orphaned hedgehogs, each with their own unique problems and needs.
We get to meet ‘Baby Natalie’ who was tragically orphaned before her eyes were even open, Abbie who has a painful abscess on her leg, Claude who needs to be rescued and Ernie on his journey back to the wild.
We get to follow them on their individual journeys and experience some of the ups and downs that Anne and her incredible team of volunteers experience on a day to day basis.
Steve Backshall talks with Brian May about Hedgehogs and why wildlife is so important to him. In a revealing interview, the rock legend shares his concerns for the future of hedgehogs and explains some of the things that we can all do to help wildlife in our gardens.
Amazing Grace is a campaign to save Britain’s hedgehogs. Anne and the team at Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue have already made their home village of Windlesham ‘Hedgehog Friendly’, by working with the local community they have surveyed the local population and provided every resident with a leaflet on how to make their own garden ‘hedgehog-friendly’. The campaign is now working on a further four towns and villages.
Anne Brummer - trustee and founder of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue - said “Hedgehogs are in serious trouble, their numbers have declined massively over the last 20 years and they need help”.
Steve also travels the country meeting other people dedicated to helping the hogs, finds out how to make our gardens more appealing to the animals, goes on a night-time hedgehog-spotting walk in London’s Regent’s Park and meets Derek, a bald hog whose spines fell out because of stress.
Contact Phil Symes
Note to Editors; Anne Brummer is available for interviews
Amazing Grace Press Release Main 25th April 2016
Dr. Brian May’s Save Me Trust and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue launch #AmazingGrace campaign to save Britain’s dwindling hedgehog population
The UK’s hedgehogs are in trouble. Our hedgehog population has dropped dramatically from 35 million to less than a million in the last forty years. We want to highlight the dangers faced by hedgehogs in Britain today and the threat of how they could be extinct by 2025 - that’s less than 10 years - unless we can help them.
Dr. Brian May’s Save Me Trust and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue are launching a new campaign #AmazingGrace aimed at raising public awareness of the plight of our nation’s favourite wild animal, the hedgehog. The campaign will be launched in the House of Commons on Tuesday, April 26, sponsored by Members of Parliament Andrea Jenkyns MP and Oliver Colville MP, where attendees will be introduced to the star of the campaign, Grace, a rescued hedgehog.
Grace can be seen in the launch video -
Link here: www.gracethehedgehog.co.uk
Those attending the launch event will have the chance to hear Dr. Brian May and Kerry Ellis performing their special version of the classic “Amazing Grace” - the theme song for the campaign.
The Save Me Trust and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue ‘Grace’ campaign calls on the public to support their efforts by making a video or picture ‘selfie’ quoting one of the “Amazing Grace” hedgehog facts found on its website and share the ‘selfie’ with friends on social media using the hashtag #AmazingGrace.
The campaign is designed to create awareness of the threat to the hedgehog population and show that doing a few simple things could make a real difference to grace and her friends.
Dr. Brian May founder of the Save Me Trust said: “How shocking that hedgehogs are in danger of extinction in this country. We have destroyed most of the hogs' habitat by over-development, and ruined what’s left with poisons and restrictions on their movement. We CAN unite and give these wonderful creatures a chance. Help us spread the news.”
Anne Brummer, CEO of the Save Me Trust and founder of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue said: “We have seen a worrying decline in hedgehogs at our rescue over recent years. It is the impact of man. We are losing so much of our flora and fauna and we need to act now. We decided to raise awareness of the challenges that Grace and her fellow hedgehogs face and encourage everyone to get involved and make changes. There are simple changes that you can make to your garden to become Grace friendly. If we all do something we can help hedgehogs survive in the UK. Without our support there is a real danger they will be gone from the UK forever. Let’s help save Grace.”
#AmazingGrace Saving Britain’s Hedgehogs Launch Event:
Tuesday 26th April, 10am to 12pm, Attlee Suite Portcullis House
Dr. Brian May and Kerry Ellis will perform twice “LIVE” at 10.45am and 11.45am. Journalists and Photographers are invited to attend the event.
Room Sponsored by Andrea Jenkyns MP and Oliver Colville MP
For further information:
Media Enquires: Phil Symes
#AmazingGrace campaign - Anne Brummer c/o
Nigel Palmer, Save Me Trust/Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue
Tel: 01344 623106
Email: [email protected]savemetrust.org
Amazing Grace Press Release - National Media 25th April 2016
Saving Britain’s hedgehogs - one village at a time
When was the last time you saw a hedgehog? It seems for more and more of us the answer is ‘years ago’, before we recall hearing them ‘snuffling’ around our gardens in search of food and water.
The decline in Britain’s hedgehogs has been rapid; during the 1960s it was estimated that Britain had around 35 million hedgehogs but by 2015 that estimate had dropped to under 1 million.
So where have all the hedgehogs gone you might ask and the truth is that there isn’t one simple answer. It is a combination of factors, mostly associated to modern living and farming techniques that have systematically separated and removed the food and habitat from our favourite wild animal.
The picturesque village of Windlesham, in the heart of Surrey’s commuter belt nestled between the M3 and the A30 may not seem the obvious choice to save Britain’s hedgehogs, but Anne Brummer who founded the Rescue centre from her home over thirty years ago has got to know the area and wildlife so well over that time, that is was a natural choice.
We named the campaign Amazing Grace; Grace is a rescue hedgehog who came to us orphaned and suffering from a deep cut to her neck, luckily she soon responded to the treatment and care, however, she didn’t weigh enough to survive hibernation, so, it was decided that she would ‘over-winter’ with us before being released back to the wild.
Whilst at the rescue centre, Grace became the star in a series of short video’s to highlight some of the threats and dangers that hedgehogs face everyday in our modern world, it was during this time that she won the heart of rock legend Brian May, guitarist and founding member of Queen, who has been supporting the rescue centre for many years.
Brian was so moved by the plight of Britain’s hedgehogs that he offered to record his version of the classic song ‘Amazing Grace’ with his friend, singer and actress, Kerry Ellis.
Brian said “How shocking that hedgehogs are in danger of extinction in this country. We have destroyed most of the hogs' habitat by over-development, and ruined what’s left with poisons and restrictions on their movement. We CAN unite and give these wonderful creatures a chance. Help us spread the news.”
"Amazing Grace is a community led campaign to save Britain’s hedgehogs - one village or town at a time" said Anne Brummer. "We have lots of tips and advice about how you can make your garden, office grounds, community green space or farmland hedgehog friendly and if its good for hedgehog’s, it will benefit other wildlife as well”
Making Windlesham hedgehog friendly is all about the community coming together and working as one to save our hedgehogs’. Like many villages, we have seen a lot of new development for much needed housing, however the loss of green and brown field sites, woodland copse and farmland has all impacted on our wildlife, but that isn’t the only reason hedgehogs are rapidly declining: a lot of the problems are from changes in the way we live in the modern world.
Back in 1970 the UK had around 8 million cars on the road, by 2015 the number was 25.8 million: road kill is a major killer of all wildlife, in the home and garden things have also changed, many people have gravelled or concreted the front garden for extra parking space, many gardens have panelled fencing instead of post and rail. Gardens are laid to lawn for low maintenance, without hedges, shrubs or flower beds that provide vital cover for wildlife, whilst many gardeners’ and farmers use herbicides on a routine and ongoing basis to destroy ‘garden pests’ such as slugs and snails but these are the food source for hedgehogs and birds and if you poison the slugs - you will poison the natural predators that would help to control them.
This list isn’t exhaustive, but provides an insight that we hope will get people thinking and finding better solutions to some of the problems we are causing to the other creatures we share this planet with.
Windlesham’s new acquired status of ‘Hedgehog friendly village’ comes at the start of the National Hedgehog Awareness Week - an annual campaign run by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society. This years campaign focuses on getting grounds contractors, professional gardeners, Council’s and tool hire companies to label their equipment with special stickers.
For further information or interview enquiries please contact:
Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue
Tel: 01344 623106
Amazing Grace Press Release - Local Media 25th April 2016
Grace is a rescue hedgehog from Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue who has inspired a ‘rock star’ to help save Britain’s hedgehogs.
Queen legend Dr. Brian May, along with singer and actress Kerry Ellis, played their version of the Amazing Grace classic eighteenth-century hymn live to an audience of MP’s in Portcullis House at yesterday’s launch.
Brian May said; “The UK’s hedgehogs are in trouble. Our hedgehog population has dropped dramatically from 35 million to less than a million in the last forty years."
“We want to highlight the dangers faced by hedgehogs in Britain today and the threat of how they could be extinct by 2025 - that’s less than 10 years - unless we can help them. How shocking that hedgehogs are in danger of extinction in this country. We have destroyed most of the hogs' habitat by over development and ruined what’s left with poisons and restrictions on their movement."
Grace, who arrived at Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue last Autumn as an underweight juvenile suffering from ‘fly strike’ from a deep wound on her neck, was filmed at the rescue centre, highlighting many of the common hazards that hedgehogs face.
Anne Brummer, who founded the centre, said “We have seen a worrying decline in hedgehogs at our rescue over recent years. It is the impact of man. It would only take some very simple changes to our gardens to support hedgehogs...We decided that Grace's story would be ideal to raise awareness of the challenges that Grace and her fellow hedgehogs face and encourage everyone to get involved and make changes”.
“There are simple changes that you can make to your garden to become Grace friendly. If we all do something we can help hedgehogs survive in the UK."
Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue and Brian May’s Save Me Trust have launched the campaign on social media and they want you to get involved. It’s called the Amazing Grace Challenge and it’s really easy - just take a ‘selfie’ of you with a sign saying why you love hedgehogs and include the #AmazingGrace - post it on your Facebook and Twitter and ask your friends to share it. Then just do one (or more) of the things to help Grace and her friends avoid some of the hazards.
Facebook: Amazing Grace Hedgehog Challenge
Help our hedgehogs. Let’s help save Grace, she is amazing.
For further information please contact:
Tel: 01344 625800 or 01344 623106
Amazing Grace Press Release - Windlesham 28th April 2017
PRESS RELEASE Windlesham - The ‘Hedgehog Friendly” Village
The Surrey village of Windlesham was originally a farming outset of the Great Windsor Park. The village took its name from the River Windle running to the south of the village and the old english word, ham, meaning homestead.
The village was perhaps best known for having the most expensive house in Britain, the £75 million (2007), 103 bedroomed, 5 swimming pooled, Updown Court, set in 58 acres of Surrey’s native heath and woodland.
Today, Windlesham is about to become Britain’s first ‘Hedgehog Friendly Village’ as part of a campaign called Amazing Grace launched by Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue who are based in the village. Anne Brummer, trustee of Harper Asprey takes up the story;
“The whole campaign is based on an incredible female hedgehog named Grace. Grace came to the rescue with a nasty wound on her neck and suffering from ‘fly-strike’. After treatment, Grace made a full recovery but would need to ‘over-winter’ at the rescue before being released back to the wild in the spring”.
“Grace is a very inquisitive hedgehog, with a real spirit for adventure. She was soon a favourite with our volunteers who clean the animals daily, a few days later she won the heart of one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Dr. Brian May from Queen, who has been a long term supporter of the rescue centre”.
Anne and Brian knew that hedgehog numbers in Britain were in rapid decline and that they needed some help. Grace inspired them to help save Britain’s hedgehogs starting by making their home village of Windlesham ‘Hedgehog Friendly”
Anne takes up the story; “Hedgehog’s are one of the UK’s favourite animals, many people have fond memories of seeing and hearing the ‘snuffly-snorts’ of hedgehog’s feeding in their gardens in the evening, but so many people tell us that they haven’t seen one for a while, in fact, often in a very long while.
“Brian has a life long love for wild animals and is very ‘hands-on’ at the Rescue whenever his busy schedule allows. Brian has some special memories of hedgehogs from his childhood but also in his later life, he joked that he could see similarities in the life of a hedgehog and that of a rockstar - often being up all night and asleep all day - in fact, Brian was so impressed when he met Grace that he recorded his special version of the traditional song Amazing Grace with his friend Kerry Ellis on vocals”.
“Grace has visited all the schools in the village and has also been to meet our MP, Michael Gove, members of the Windlesham Parish Council and some of businesses based in the village. Grace has been the catalyst that has bought our village community together”.
The way we live has changed so much over the last 50 years but some of the changes have made it very difficult for hedgehogs to survive, but fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to make your garden ‘hedgehog friendly”
GFG’s - Grace friendly gardens
We have lots of suggestions on how you can make your garden ‘Grace friendly', for instance, have you got wooden fence panels in your garden? If you have, you may not have seen hedgehog’s for a while, even if you used to, that’s because they cannot get in or out anymore. But there is a simple solution; make a 5 inch (125mm) square hole - that’s about the size of a CD jewel case - that will act as an entrance and exit tunnel for your hedgehog’s, but that’s just the start, like all wild animals hedgehog’s need a reliable source of food and water.
If you have resident hedgehogs in your garden, please record them on our interactive map, available on our website. The data we receive from you is a vital part of helping to make Windlesham a hedgehog friendly village. Link to map here:
There are lots more tips and guidance available on our website - www.hawr.co.uk - better still, why not come and see us -
“We are hosting the first Windlesham Village Hedgehog Day in the garden of The Sun Public House on Saturday 29th April 2017 from 10am. Everyone is welcome to come along and meet Grace and some of her friends. It will be a fun-filled day with lots of tips and practical advice on how to make your garden ‘Grace friendly’. We’d really love to see you. Don’t forget to ask any questions you have about hedgehog’s, wildlife or wildlife gardens."
For more information about the Amazing Grace Hedgehog project or the work of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue please visit our website - www.hawr.co.uk
If you find a sick or injured wild animal or bird please call 01344 623106
Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue is a registered charity (RCN 1143603) based in Windlesham. It was founded by Anne Brummer after she found a hedgehog trapped in fencing on the way to work one morning over thirty years ago.
The centre is run entirely by volunteers and operates 365 days a year. HAWR rescue, rehabilitate and release all wildlife, from foxes and badgers, to deer and toads, owls and swans, bats and snakes. If it is wild and needs help, you can count on us. They also run an Education project in local schools and will soon be employing a dedicated Hedgehog Officer to develop the campaign.
Anne Brummer is available for media interviews. Please contact 01344 623106