Anne Brummer

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.  Ever

since I can remember, I have always had a passion for wildlife. Whilst spending almost my entire working life in construction I have been able to combine design to incorporate and respect our wildlife and the environment. I see lots of suffering and thoughtless destruction of the spectacular wildlife that we share our planet with.

I encounter wildlife injuries that at best occur through our carelessness and ignorance and at worst through deliberate cruelty. The hierarchy of wildlife in some people’s minds enables them to poison a bug yet preserve a cub. The simple facts are if we destroy our insects there will be no cubs or indeed us. One morning a long time ago, whilst walking my dog early one morning I found an injured hedgehog that was caught in a fence. His leg was bleeding. I took the hedgehog to the vets expecting that to be the end of it. The vet asked me to keep the little hog and give him antibiotics which I did but by the end of the week another hedgehog and an owl arrived just needing a little TLC too, that was over thirty years ago and I guess the rest, as they say, is history. Over the last twenty years,  I have seen a steady increase in sick animals. By sick I mean weak and suffering wildlife that has been poisoned directly or indirectly. Science and studies show us that these symptoms can relate to toxin build up from pesticides. They cause a suppression of the immune system and, therefore, an inability to fight any illness and in some cases directly lead to death. I will always continue to care for wildlife on the front line and give our spectacular wildlife a second chance. Simple injuries can kill a creature in the harshness of the wild and often a few days rest and TLC will be enough to see them given that vital second chance. We must create a greater understanding of the creatures around us that live with us in a natural balance. The school projects, which I personally love, reach the children that will inevitably control our planet. My hope and belief is that they will explore this issue at a young age, as I did, and that the awareness of it will stay with them for life. When they become custodians of our planet, I hope that they will help preserve this wonderful and spectacular wildlife far into the future. With species in the 20th century ashamedly extinct or facing extinction we all need to do our part to encourage understanding and balance through knowledge of our truly extraordinary and unique wildlife, I am doing my part along with the amazing team here.

The secret to a successful organisation is having amazing people around you and I do.

I excel at - Caring for orphans whilst preparing for responsible release and full integration into wild and getting the job done.

I don't excel at - Typing and reading through, remembering what sex the creatures are, in fact, memory in general and timekeeping is really pretty poor.

 

Recognition:

 

Daily Mirror and RSPCA Animal Hero Award 2018 for Services to Wildlife

Anne Brummer, trustee and founder of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue and CEO of Dr Brian May's Save Me Trust receives a national award for Services to Wildlife.

Congratulations to our CEO, Anne Brummer who has won the prestigious Animal Hero Award 2018 for services to wildlife.

Dr Brian May said: I can’t give you a full impression of what Anne Brummer does in a few moments. All I can say is that she has benefitted wildlife in this country for a few years now”

Anne and Brian’s dynamic partnership began with the release of foxes and Badgers on the grounds of Brian’s estate - that has now become a forever home for wildlife.

The chance discovery of a hedgehog trapped in wire fencing has led to radical changes in the life of Anne Brummer and the thousands of wild animals she now helps heal and get back to the wild every year.

Anne explains “I was walking my dog when I noticed a hedgehog trapped in a wire fence, his back legs were bleeding. I had some cutters in my bag - no surprise to anyone that knows me - and cut away the fencing around the hedgehog and took him to the vets”

 “I didn’t know at the time that this was the right thing to do, the vet removed the fencing and said the hedgehog would need a few days rest and monitoring - and handed it back to me” 

 “Before the hedgehog was released I had already taken in some other animals - and, as they say - the rest was history!”

Anne set up Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, initially from her home in Camberley, but the volume of wildlife needing their help increased and the charity moved to Windlesham almost ten years ago. Today, Anne heads up a team of over 50 volunteers and Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue helps thousands of sick, injured and orphaned animals every year. Harper Asprey helps all wild animals but has become particularly well known for its work with hedgehogs, helping around 600 hedgehogs last year alone.

 In addition to the direct work of helping animals the charity launched the Amazing Grace Campaign - that is saving Britain’s hedgehog’s - one village at a time. Harper Asprey’s home village of Windlesham was the first ‘Hedgehog Friendly” village and has already been joined by four other wards within Surrey Heath, with West End set to become the fifth ward with its own Grace Day community event at the Hare and Hounds on Saturday 29th September.

Anne has been running a wildlife education programme in local schools for many years and often meets parents who still remember her talks on wildlife in the early days. Local schools are keen to book the wildlife talks, that link to the curriculum and some schools now have soft release areas for hedgehogs as part of the Amazing Grace campaign.

Anne has dedicated her life to wild animals and working to ensure that the area has suitable habitat that works for people and wildlife. We were thrilled that Anne was nominated for the Animal Hero Services to Wildlife award and delighted when she won the award at the ceremony in London last week.

Anne said; “It’s incredible to have received this recognition but I share this with our amazing volunteers. We couldn’t continue to help wildlife without their remarkable dedication and hard work” Many of them have been volunteering with us for a number of years but this is a special day for all of them for their care and commitment”

Anne is also CEO of Save Me Trust that she co-founded with Queen guitar legend Brian May. Back in 2009, William Hague announced that the then, Conservative opposition would repeal the Hunting Act and allow the hunting of wild mammals to begin again in England and Wales. 

Anne said ‘Brian and I was shocked and saddened that a political party would even consider reintroducing cruelty back to our country - W knew something had to be done” Within weeks the Conservative Party announced plans to introduce Badger culling in a misguided attempt to resolve the issue of bovine TB

Anne said “ I had read the RBCT report and what the Government was saying wasn’t what I was reading, It was clear they didn’t know anything about Badgers” - for us, that was it and Brian and I decided to form a new charity - called Save Me - to Give wild animals a voice.

Anne continues “That was nearly 10 years ago. Since then we have protected the Hunting Act. David Cameron attempt to repeal the act by using an SI (Statutory Instrument) ended in failure and when the Hunting card turned toxic for Theresa May in last years General Election when she failed to maintain an overall majority” Hunting has no place in a modern society It needs to be confined to the history books immediately”

Save Me is one of the most dynamic wildlife campaign groups in the world. With Dr Brian May, Anne is the driving force at Save Me, often working behind the scenes. “Wildlife deserves and needs or protection. If we do not protect it it will not survive. 52% of our Wildife has disappeared in the last 20 years. It is happening on our watch and incumbent on us all to find a solution. We must engage with government, big business, developers and the farming communities to find a sustainable solution that is workable before it’s too late.  ” 

Save Me campaigns against the exploitation of animals be that for sport or their body parts like fur, tusks or trophies. Our AmazingGrace campaign is saving Hedgehog’s one village at a time. Our groundbreaking Farm project in Devon has removed BovineTB from an intensive dairy herd without killing any Badgers - and we were instrumental in securing new legislation to stop third-party puppy and kitten sales in England and banning the use of microbeads that are killing our oceans.

Save Me campaigns to protect our planet, people and the animals we share it with. We want to see a world where animals are respected. Anne is the link between the ‘hands-on’ work of the Rescue Centre and the lobbying and campaigning of Save Me. Her energy, commitment combines with her passion to ensure that no animal suffers be that from injury or sickness to exploitation and persecution. 

Anne Brummer was one of 50 of Surrey’s unsung heroes, recognised for their “incredible work”  

   

More than 50 of Surrey’s unsung heroes were recognised for their “incredible work” at an event staged by Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks.

The event in Dorking saw volunteers given a certificate and a specially commissioned chairman’s medal that was struck at Pobjoy Mint.

Among those receiving awards included Charles Connell, who delivers meals on wheels three days a week, Edward Hickman a war veteran who walked to raise funds for charity after losing all his toes in battle, and Penny Shoubridge, who has been involved with the Scouts, Brownies and Cubs for more than 30 years in Charlwood. Mrs Marks said: “It was great to be able to thank so many wonderful volunteers for their incredible work in their communities. I was moved to hear so many examples of selfless dedication and amazed to learn just how long some of the volunteers had been serving.

“Many of them seemed surprised to receive such recognition – humility being another common trait among volunteers. Our county is richer for having such dedicated people helping to make Surrey the wonderful place it is.”

https://news.surreycc.gov.uk/2015/09/21/in-pictures-surreys-volunteers-incredible-work-recognised/

 

Commitment to the prevention of cruelty to wildlife 

   

The annual Community Reception recognises the important role played by the many volunteers within the 3 villages. We were pleased to hold our community reception at All Saints’ Church Hall in Lightwater in January. The Mayor of Surrey Heath attended the event and presented well-deserved community awards to: Anne Brummer and Dr Brian May - in recognition of their commitment to the prevention of cruelty to wildlife 

https://lightwater.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/wpc-annual-report-15-16.pdf

 

Surrey Life Community Heroes 2016 

Celebrating the inspiring people who are really making a difference in Surrey’s town and village communities, here we bring you the annual Surrey Life Community Heroes lists: the charity volunteers, lifesavers and other proactive people - all recommended via surreylife.co.uk - who you feel make an impression on the quality of life in Surrey

 Anne Brummer has worked tirelessly for the last 30­something years to rescue and rehabilitate British wildlife at Camberley’s Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue. Not only does she volunteer round the clock to hand­-rear orphans and rescue animals, but she also attends schools and organisations to educate people. Each year, she successfully releases hundreds of animals back to where they belong, giving them a second chance at life. Her colleagues tell us that “she works 24/7, 356 days a year, trying to make a difference, without wanting anything in return. A true inspiration.”

http://www.surreylife.co.uk/people/charity/surrey_life_community_heroes_2016_who_really_makes_a_difference_to_life_in_your_town_or_village_1_3260292

 

Wildlife Rescue Award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords 

 

A Surrey woman who has rescued thousands of animals and birds is to receive a special recognition award. Anne Brummer first began working with wildlife 25 years ago when she took care of a hedgehog. She now runs Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Centre in Camberley which last year cared for more than 1,600 animals. Ms Brummer will receive the Wildlife Rescue Award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords on 18 October.

'Wonderful volunteers' Robbie Marsland, UK director of IFAW, said: "We are very pleased to be able to reward Anne's amazing dedication to rescuing and caring for wild animals and birds over so many years and wanted to recognise her outstanding work with our Wildlife Rescue Award." The Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue Centre is supported by Queen's Brian May and runs on two sites, using land owned by Mr May, for long-term and specialist rehabilitation.

With Ms Brummer, there are 27 volunteers who help injured and orphaned wild animals and birds, nurturing them back to health and then releasing them back into the wild.  Ms Brummer said: "It's very exciting to receive such a prestigious award.  "I couldn't do what I do without the wonderful volunteers that work with me at Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue, this award is for all 27 of us, I just love it." 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-15295141

 

Surrey BBC Radio 

 

Wearing Gloves

Anne does not wear any gloves when in contact with wildlife. 

During the capture of badgers, foxes and other wildlife, she feels that gloves are too restrictive when relying on her grip to restrain an animal. Anne doesn't use gloves when handling hedgehogs, and picks them up with ease. 

Anne is highly allergic to surgical gloves so doesn't wear them when treating wildlife. This doesn't interfere or hinder treatment in any way and simple hygiene measures ensure that no cross contamination can occur.  

We have tried numerous different types of gloves, but have been unable to find a make that she can use. Anne is also allergic to many other products.

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