Rocking day will put wildlife at the top of the agenda


Second Wildlife Rocks day aims to be a fun day of education
10 April 2014 by James Chapple

WILDLIFE ROCKS is back, bigger and better for 2014 following the great success of its inaugural edition two years ago. The event aims to bring together some of Britain’s foremost animal welfare charities and organisations to raise awareness of, and appreciation for, the country’s diverse and endangered wildlife.

Created by legend Queen guitarist and Windlesham resident Brian May, the founder of the Save Me charity, the all-day bash will be held at Guildford Cathedral on Bank Holiday Monday, May 5.

More than 4,000 people attended the launch of Wildlife Rocks in 2012, which will once again feature a performance by Mr [Dr] May. He will be joined this year by Katrina and the Waves’ singer Katrina Leskanich, prog-rock titans Hawkwind, X Factor starlet Kitty Brucknell and West End actor and singer Kerry Ellis, who has previously toured with the guitarist.

The charity says Wildlife Rocks is a “fun, educational day” designed to offer people an opportunity to share wildlife experiences with wildlife enthusiasts through music and speech. Save Me chief executive, and organiser of the event, Anne Brummer, said: “Wildlife Rocks offered an action-packed festival of education and fun. “By doing his, we hope to give those who attend particularly the youngsters, experiences that will encourage them to explore the creatures we depend on and how the natural balance is affected by us. As future custodians of our planet, giving children this interest will help them develop their own ideas and solutions to problems they will face as adults.”

Actress Virginia McKenna and her son, Ben Travers, will talk about the work of their Born Free Foundation, while animal experts will share their knowledge and passion for the wildlife they work to protect and preserve.

Save Me is a not-for-profit organisation based out of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue in Windlesham, which speaks out on issues of animal welfare and cruelty. It was founded by Mr [Dr] May, 66, in the lead up to the 2010 General Election, when the Conservative Party pledged in its manifesto to repeal the ban on fox hunting.

Wildlife Rocks 2014 will take place between 11.30am and 4.30pm. Tickets are priced £11 and can be bought from the Cathedral by calling 01483 547 881.

Brian May addresses Wildlife Rocks 2012
Dr Brian May addresses his audience at Wildlife Rocks 2012 – Photo courtesy Chris Lee