Making Surrey Heath the First 'Hedgehog Friendly Borough'
The Hedgehog Improvement Area is the area which the #AmazingGrace campaign is working to make Hedgehog-Friendly. It is currently focused upon the village of Windlesham in Surrey - home of Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue and the Save Me Trust - but the project will develop to include the whole of the Surrey Heath Borough Council area. We are working in conjunction with Windlesham Parish Council and Surrey Heath Borough Council.
Surrey Heath Borough Council’s estate extends to around 9,500 hectares. The total population of Surrey Heath, according to the 2011 census, is 86,144, which is a 7.3% increase since the previous census. There are 33,546 households in the 9,509 hectares covering the Borough.
There are over 600 acres (242 hectares) of open space and countryside in Surrey Heath, including formal parks, sports fields, woodlands, countryside sites and amenity open space. Of these, Lightwater Country Park, Frimley Lodge Park and Chobham Water Meadows make up some of the larger spaces in the area. Woodland sites like Diamond Ridge Woods provide important natural buffers between the busy A30 and nearby residential areas. Natural open spaces in the Hedgehog Improvement Area lie adjacent to other, larger areas of countryside, including Bagshot Heath, making them an important connecting corridors for wildlife.
Environment Councillor Mike Goodman, Environment Minister Micheal Gove and Councillor Conrad Sturt are long term supporters of our rescue and willdife in the community.. They give their full support and weight to increasing hedgehog numbers in Surrey Heath.