Wildlife Rocks Community Award

Awarded to a community group who have supported wildlife in a unique way. The winners will be invited to Wildlife Rocks to receive their award and it will be presented by Dr. Brian May.

This competition is open to adult and students of all ages and abilities. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

Surrey Police received their Wildlife Rocks Community Award for their amazing help with wildlife rescues. They are ‘wildlife heroes’ helping to rescue Swans, Deer and many other species from our motorways, A roads, towns and villages. They have also been very pro-active in prosecution cases helping both Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue and the RSPCA. 

Surrey’s Traffic cops patrol one of the busiest areas in the country from the motorway networks and multi-lane A roads to quiet country lanes; the team are always busy, but they still keep vigilant for wildlife in trouble. We have worked with them on numerous occasions, often in the middle of the night and sometimes in the peak of rush-hour but whatever the time of day or night, the Surrey team can be depended upon to respond. 

As you can see, wildlife rescue can be very unpredictable. This Swan was certainly given the very best of care when it was transported to safety in an Ambulance.

Anne was on her way to the RSPCA awards when the Surrey Police team called for help with a young Swan dangerously isolated by a busy main road. The rescue wasn’t the easiest for Anne in her long ball gown and stiletto heels and a lively and very frightened young swan. We think Anne and the Team from Surrey Police did a great job.

You don’t have to do spectacular rescues to be a Wildlife Rocks Community Hero. We are looking for children, adults or community groups who have supported wildlife in a vital or unique way. We are seeking nominations for this award. Please tell us who you are nominating and why in 300 words maximum. E-mail your nominations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There are many ways to improve your environment and just by making small changes you will make a difference. You can plan the plants and design of your wildlife garden for maximum enjoyment for you, your community and our native wildlife. You can have your own mini game park full of mini beasts. Water is needed for all life; from a bird bath to a carefully planned pond, the choices are limitless. All good wildlife gardens start with insects; the animals and birds that eat the insects are preyed on by larger wildlife and so on up the food chain. Outdoor education and play serve to enhance a child’s learning and provide not only educational but also social benefits. The sense of ownership that children gain from being responsible for their wildlife garden can be extremely beneficial and can have a marked effect on children’s attitudes to school, themselves, other people and their surroundings. It may be the first opportunity that a child has had to care for plants and animals in their natural surroundings. A garden encourages a sense of maturity and ownership through joint endeavour and working with the community. In many urban areas where children are involved in creating areas and landscapes it actually reduces vandalism.

Whether you have hanging baskets, containers or an entire meadow, you can be creative with a variety of plants and make your space sustainable. Growing vegetables and fruit is not just for the seasoned growers. Strawberries and tomatoes can both be grown in hanging baskets. You don't even need lots of space; remember, many plants grow up walls - peas and beans are a good example. I was a student in central London thirty years ago and I grew plants on my window sill. I often had bees and butterflies landing on them and when I grew strawberries, the birds came in too. Why not grow plants and vegetables to attract wildlife and grow it for them. Instead of buying bird food, grow bird food from seeds. A wildlife garden is an invaluable way of exploring and understanding bio diversity and conservation. Composting, rain-water harvesting, insect hotels and organic alternatives to pesticides are an essential part of any wildlife space and once explored will remain with you for life. Ideas for native planting and habitats could include bird boxes, bat boxes, bird tables, compost heaps, deadwood piles, water features, ponds, native meadow grass patches, nettle patches, berry bushes, fruit trees and shrubs. However large or small your space is, you will need to consider design and maintenance, provision for wildlife, water saving features and all year round interest, but it's worth it and after all the hard work you can sit back and enjoy it and see that wildlife really does rock.