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.
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.”
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
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.”
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."