Fox Cub

Fox Cub

Easter is here and what a surprise but we have babies and youngsters starting to come into care. Our volunteers are getting all broody too.  Kathy has been looking after the six doves at home to monitor them round the clock. The doves which have come from Lewes, Hailsham, Eastbourne, East Hoathly and Selmeston, have come in for a variety of reason but all generally as a result of being calcium deficient, young and unable to fly making them vulnerable to predators.

Its so nice to have them in again, I know Kathy has really missed them, and they really make you smile at this age. Once they realise Kathy is their mum they start to wing waggle and squeak for food. When they get a bit older they will, like most teenager, start to rebel and they will be grouped together to ensure they become wild.

On Friday night a fox cub was rescued at Kingsmere Eastbourne after being found abandoned, hypothermic, and underweight in the middle of a lawn. I met rescuer Chris at our Casualty Centre where I assessed him and decided to take him home for the night where I then fed him every three hours through the night with a special puppy milk replacer and rehydration fluids.  If you do find any orphaned wildlife please do not feed them milk, as this often causes digestive problems and can be fatal.

Our Orphan Team Leader Lindsay Redfern has also been looking after a young mouse with the help of our Assistant Manager Kirsti Sibbald too.  The babies are very cute, but a lot of hard work, and cause you to lose a lot of sleep. Although we love having our babies in care, it is important that people don’t touch baby wildlife unnecessarily. We would urge people who are concerned about any baby or young wildlife not to touch them unless in immediate danger – like in the middle of road  – and to call a rescue organisation for advice.

Fox Cub

Fox Cub

It’s not unusual for mothers to leave their young hidden behind bushes or in long grass, as well as to not sleep with her young especially as they grow and take up more space.  Some birds like young Tawny Owls will climb up and down the trunks of their trees, so if found at the base of a tree should be left alone. WRAS is urging people to call for advice first before touch wildlife as they may not be orphaned.

We have three badgers in at the moment too! Tank the badger from Wilderness Wood at Hadlow Down is still with us, and his jaw has fused back together, but he needs some dental work before he can be released.  We also have two new badgers. One from Alfriston Road just outside of Seaford found by a dog walker in some bushes just off the road. The badger has broken a couple of teeth but otherwise is not in too bad a condition. We hope she will be a quick turn around. We also have a badger from Bexhill which is also thought to be a road casualty too.  This one also has damage to his mouth which has required our vet to attend. So a big thank you to vet Mike for visit so regularly this week.

The Alfriston Road Badger

The Alfriston Road Badger

We had a former rescuer and volunteer delivered a road casualty pheasant that was found stunned in the middle of the road near Crowborough. He has a few scrapes and a wound on his head, but hopefully will be ok. After 24 hours in care the pheasant was suitable for release and taken back out.

Tank the Wilderness Badger

Tank the Wilderness Badger

Rescuer Tony rescued this pair of jackdaws who were building their nest in a chimney and fell to the bottom getting stuck, in Pevensey Bay. They are a bit sooty, but after being kept in for the night they were released the following day.

We have been spending a lot of money this winter improving our facilities and updating equipment and replacing old and worn out cupboards within the hospital. We can now take in up to 220 casualties at a time. However, we are about to go into our busiest time of year and it is a very expensive time of year too. So if you are able to make a donation, take out a standing order for as little as £1 a month or increase your standing order if you already have one with us it would be very much appreciated. Standing orders are the best way to help us plan for the future and make WRAS more secure. Check out our website for more information or call 01825-873003.

Young Dove

Young Dove

About Trevor Weeks

Trevor Weeks MBE Operations Director for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) Trevor started undertaking wildlife rescue and conservation work in 1985 when just 13 years old, and his life has been dedicated to the care of wildlife ever since. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue was established as a voluntary group in 1996 and became a registered charity in 2005. WRAS now has four veterinary ambulances and a Casualty Care Centre on the A22 between Hailsham and Uckfield capable of looking after up to 200 casualties at a time. The charity is primarily run by volunteers and relies of donations to fund its award winning life saving service.