Wildlife does indeed ‘rock’!

We had a lot of fun with Freddie the fox at the last ‘Wildlife Rocks’ as he loves these gatherings and is looking forward to this year too.Words are your friends, especially if you are a campaigner.

Sometimes they just do the work for you. I don’t know whose idea it was but entitling an event that celebrates wildlife with music as ’Wildlife Rocks’ seems to me particularly inspired. This is because wildlife does indeed ’rock‘, in the broad sense of the word - from being natural and solid, as wildlife is the bedrock of our ecosystems, – to being ‘rocking’ and ‘cool’ to the many of us that like watching wildlife in the wild. On top of that, some of the music at this event can be classed as ’rock & roll‘, and the event is run by an organisation led by a Rock legend, so then what we have here is almost poetry.

’Wildlife Rocks’ is an event organised by ’Save Me’ (which is led by the famous Queen guitarist Dr. Brian May CBE). This year it will be held on Bank Holiday Monday 5 May at Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey. It is an event that celebrates the wildlife that surrounds us and it is a fantastic day to share wildlife experiences with fellow enthusiasts through music, talks and fun.

There is lots of going on at this day-long event. Among the acts, Brian May will of course be performing, along with Peter Egan (BATFA Award winning English actor), Kerry Ellis (first lady of west-end musicals), Katrina Leskanich (former lead singer from Katrina and The Waves, who now has a career both as a solo artist and with her new band), and Hawkwind (an English rock band) amongst many other famous faces.

IFAW, along with many other animal protection organisations, will have a stall in the event, so it will be a good opportunity to visit and we can talk to you about our current campaigns. We had a lot of fun with Freddie the fox at the last ‘Wildlife Rocks’ as he loves these gatherings and is looking forward to this year too. Our UK Director, Robbie Marsland, will be also giving a short speech, joining many other key speakers on the day.

Since the last event, lots of issues have affected British wildlife, but badgers are the ones that have suffered most due to the irrational badger cull. That is why most of the proceeds of the event will go to help badgers, in particular, supporting BACVI (Badger and Cattle Vaccination Initiative), which IFAW actively supports.

Please come along and join in with the fun. If you can make it, why not come over to our stall and say hello to me and the other staff from the IFAW UK Office.

--JC

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