19 August 2016 by Candice Ritchie ”
Surely, we cannot contemplate a future without our ‘spikey’ friends?” asked Brian May who has recorded a version of Amazing Grace to support the campaign
Queen legend Brian May has joined forces with a Windlesham wildlife charity to raise awareness of the threat to hedgehogs. The Chobham-based rock star’s Save Me Trust and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue are launching a campaign in a bid to save the spiked animals from extinction.
As part of the campaign, Brian May and West End singer Kerry Ellis have recorded a version of the song Amazing Grace. It is named after Grace the hedgehog, who was rescued by Harper Asprey last autumn after suffering a nasty wound to her neck. She has now made a full recovery and is “on a mission to help save Britain’s hedgehogs”.
Dr Brian May with Save Me Trust members
Brian May said: “Hedgehog numbers in the UK have declined rapidly, from 35 million in the 1960s to less than 1 million today. Surely, we cannot contemplate a future without our ‘spikey’ friends? And yet, a few simple changes could make things so much better for hedgehogs.”
Grace stars in the video alongside the singers, and highlights the everyday hazards faced by hedgehogs.
Anne Brummer, founder of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, said: “We have seen a worrying decline in hedgehogs at our rescue over recent years. We wanted to raise awareness of the challenges that Grace and her fellow hedgehogs face and encourage everyone to get involved. Grace, the star of our campaign, has been on the most amazing adventure, but she needs your help.”
Dr Brian May and Kerry Ellis
The charity has featured some tips on its website, indicating what people can do to make their gardens more hedgehog friendly. Businesses, schools and community groups in Windlesham are also supporting the campaign.
A free information pack is available in local shops and pubs displaying the Amazing Grace poster throughout August and September.