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We had another call last week about the cygnet on the pond at Ditchling Common. Again the reports were of the cygnet with fishing line and weights attached to him. On site we assessed the cygnet but found nothing.  Rescuer Tony also attended a young swan sat outside an Eastbourne property for over 5 hours.  The youngster was clearly not very well and very lethargic, so was sent up to the swan sanctuary for expert support. Thank you to the Swan Sanctuary for their help.

We have managed to get loads more casualties out for release this week with the good weather. A kestrel found concussed at Wych Cross just of the A22 was returned home for release by volunteer Rose and fly off so quickly she hardly had a chance to film it! Our last group of garden birds have gone into aviaries now for release. We have had two blackbirds and a starling which have been very reluctant to fly. They have all come in as either collisions or cat attack victims which have caused wing injuries. We were starting to thing that they would never fly again. They have been some of our longest running garden bird patients this year. The final blackbird was released this week.

There have also been two young feral pigeons released in Eastbourne and two young wood pigeons in Rodmell and Eastbourne. Nine of our hand reared feral pigeons have gone to their release aviary in Burgess Hill, including baby Patch, Felix, Whiskas, Hattie and Eric. Four hand reared woodies have also gone into their release aviary. We also have two hedgehogs which have just gone out for release in Eastbourne and Westham too. Our white Aylesbury duck rescued at Princes Park is now fully recovered and ready to go to her new home in Essex.

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A big well done to everyone at the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project (SBVP), who have been working so hard this summer to vaccinate badgers against TB.  I’ve spent the past two weeks working on a farm at Wartling. At first light Friday and Saturday mornings we were out vaccinating the badgers caught after two weeks of pre-baiting and preparation. By the end of the season we hope that over 50 badgers will have been vaccinated in Sussex. This might not seem much, but we have decided to start a rolling programme which will develop over a four year period, as we expand adding more sites each year.  We will be prioritising land in the Wartling, Alfriston and Lewes area but also looking at other areas in the county too. To find out more information and to see video footage of the vaccination process go to their website http://www.sussexbadgervac.co.uk/

We are starting work this week within the Casualty Centre to finish off the work which was started a year ago to complete the new facilities. This autumn and winter should see us finish the Theatre, X-ray room, New Orphan Rearing area, Reception, the Store and well as Kathy’s Hedgehog overwintering and Maternity Shed in Uckfield. Now things have quietened down a bit, we will start our deep cleaning and disinfecting of all our facilities and look at doing maintenance work too.

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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.