Trevor’s Week for 11th March 2015
On the rescue front we have continued to be busy. A major rescue took place at Brighton Marina at the weekend when a swan became trapped on a pontoon and badly damaged one of its feet. Two swans were involved in the incident which we believe may have been as a result of territorial chasing and fighting. The swan which was caught was driven to our Casualty Centre where it was assessed by Cenetre Manager Chris and Kirsti. They had problems controlling the bleeding on the foot as the wounds were extensive, so Tony delivered the Swan up to the Swan Sanctuary at Shepperton for their expert attention. Tony was also able to bring back a mature cygnet from the sanctuary at the same time, which was one he rescued at Rickney near Polegate which was very poorly after being pushed away by its parents.
Staying with waterbirds, we rescued a Guillemot which was found on the beach with a head injury. The bird was treated at WRAS’s Casualty Centre before being sent to RSPCA Mallydams Wood where they have specialist seabird facilities. We have also had reports of a number of dead guillemots washing ashore at Seaford and floating dead in Newhaven Harbour. Examination of two of these birds has now shown the birds to weigh about half their natural body weight, suggesting this could be a small seabird wreck. Seabird wrecks are the term used when multiple dead and emaciated birds wash ashore and normally occur after rough weather at sea when flocks of seabirds lose track of the sources of fish they are following. The numbers seen on the Sussex coast are fairly low compared to incidents which have occurred over the past decade on the eastern coast where there have been a number of incidents where hundreds of birds have washed ashore dead.
WRAS is delighted to have been chosen as one of the charities for the green token scheme at ASDA in Eastbourne during March and April and Hailsham Waitrose have chosen WRAS as one of their three charities at their Hailsham Store for April. Please support WRAS as we desperately needs funds to help pay for the up and coming busy spring and summer season. Thank you to Uckfield Bonfire Society for donating £100 from their fundraising over the past year too.
Other rescues have included a pigeon trapped in a chimney at West Hoathly, an injured gull in Bexhill, and an injured pigeon in Hastings. Also an injured fox in Churchdale Road Eastbourne, a road casualty fox on Cross Levels Way Eastbourne, a pigeon flying round inside Boots in Eastbourne and an injured wood pigeon in Uckfield.
We have a buzzard which was rescued by Centre Manager Lindsay and Chris from Cinder Road, Chailey. He was found in the back garden by the finder seemingly suffering from possible concussion. The care team have used a cardboard splint to protect the birds tail feathers whilst in care. Damaging these important feathers could delay his rehabilitation and delay his release. He is recovering well and is expected to be suitable for release this week.
We also have a badger found at Wilderness Wood at Hadlow Down suffering from territorial bites wounds, and a broken jaw which is possible as a result of being hit by a car on the nearby main road. Our vet Mike sedated the badger and was able to clean out the wounds thoroughly and assess the jaw. The badger will need further sedation and work on one of his canine teeth which has been shattered, but we hope he will make a full recovery.
Trevor Weeks MBE
Founder & Operations Director
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)
Reg Charity 1108880
Reg Address: 8 Stour Close, Stone Cross, BN24 5QU
Hospital Address: Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, Lewes, BN8 6JD
24hr Rescue Line: 07815-078234
Private Mobile: 07931-523958
An award winning community charity.
IFAW Animal Action Award Winners 2010
ITV1 British Animal Honours Awards Local Charity of the Year 2013
BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey Community Heroes Award for Animal Welfare 2012