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Surrey Heath village set to become "first hedgehog friendly village"


8:03pm 24th April 2017

A Surrey village is aiming to become the county's first 'hedgehog friendly village'.

Windlesham hopes to tackle declining numbers of the spiky friends.

It comes as part of the official Hedgehog Awareness Week (April 30 - May 6) which aims to highlight the problems our hedgehogs face and how we can help them.

Anne Brummer, founder of Surrey's Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, says: “Our spiky friends are in trouble, and they need our help.

"It is time to take action and that is exactly what Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue is doing.

"We are about to make our home village of Windlesham the first hedgehog friendly village in Surrey.”

Since the 1960s hedgehog numbers have reduced from around 35 million to less than one million.


Last year, Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue launched it's Amazing Grace campaign named after a rescue hedgehog who came to the centre orphaned and suffering from a deep cut to her neck.

Luckily ‘Grace’ soon responded to the treatment and care but did not weigh enough to survive hibernation,

It was decided that she would ‘over-winter’ at the rescue centre before being released back to the wild.

Whilst there, Grace became the star of a series of videos to highlight the threats and dangers hedgehogs face everyday in our modern world.

It was during this period that she met and 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 says: “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. Please help us spread the news.”

Anne adds the decline in numbers is all down to one thing: “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 in making the necessary changes.

"There are simple changes that you can make to your garden to become hedgehog friendly.”

“The future of Britain’s hedgehogs is literally in our hands. If we all do even a little something, we can help hedgehogs survive.

"They are the gardeners friend and were voted Britain’s favourite mammal. Without our support there is real danger they will be lost forever to isolated pockets.

"Let’s give Grace and her friends a hand because they deserves it. Hedgehogs are totally Amazing!”

What can I do?

Surrey animal rescue organisation, Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, are to hold an open day at The Sun Inn, Chertsey Road on Saturday 29th April.

Anne explains: “ We have lots of tips and advice available that will help people make their garden, office or community green space more hedgehog friendly.

"Just drop into the pub. Our team will be at The Sun Inn from 11:00am to 10:00pm and you will get to meet some of Windlesham’s more spiky residents.”

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