Tawny Owl

We have had Sparrowhawk rescued at Normans Bay this week. It was found on the floor and a kind hearted person placed a box over the top it to keep the bird safe till rescuers arrived. Rescuer Tony attended on site was the bird was delivered to me for assessment.  It is possible the bird may have had a collision but it is unclear. The bird is a bit underweight unable to stand on its legs, although there is movement in the legs. So we will be building him up slowly and putting the weight on gradually.  The Tawny Owl from Battle rescued last week is improving too.

Rescuers have also been out to a Tawny owl in Herstmonceux with a fractured leg, a bat in Uckfield with a broken collar bone, a pigeon in Uckfield which isn’t flying, two hedgehogs from Willingdon which were out during the day and a blackbird in Uckfield with a damaged wing and that was all in one day – who said the busy season was over!

We had a call about a stag with netting attached to its antlers caught and attached to a fence in the Isfield church area. Unfortunately a well-meaning person cut the netting from the fence allowing the stag to run off with the netting still attached rather than waiting for us to attend so we can remove the netting from the antlers.  If you find a deer entangled or caught in a fence please do not cut it free. It is best to leave it caught and keep your distance and wait for rescuers to arrive. It makes the stress of capture and rescue so much lower for the stag.  It’s a natural instinct to dive in and try and cut the deer free but apart from being dangerous, the deer are not always suitable for release straight away and could need to be assessed. If they are injured and are released it can be very difficult and much more dangerous to catch and help.

We’ve managed to get five more hedgehogs out this week going back to Eastbourne, Stone Cross, Polegate and Five Ash Down.  There has also been a magpie released back in Bexhill and a juvenile wood pigeon back in Burgess Hill.

We’ve had a lovely little Pippet com into care from after being seen falling from the rood of Sainsburys in Hampden Park. A very kind person stayed with the bird till rescuers arrived and it was then taken to WRAS’s Casualty Centre and treated.

We will be holding a Christmas Crafts event at East Dean Village Hall on 5th December between 2pm and 5pm. If anyone is interested in attending with a suitable stall please get in touch with Chris on 01825-873003.  Plus don’t forget to book for our Unusual Quiz night at East Dean Village Hall at 7pm on Saturday 24th October too just ring 01825 873003 to book tickets.

Thank you to ESK Pets Pantry in Eastbourne who have raised a fantastic £74.20 for WRAS from their donation boxes.

Other calls this week have included a juvenile wood pigeon at the Princes Royal Hosiptal in Haywards Heath; a hedgehog  out during the day in Sandbanks Close Hailsham; a rabbit suffering from myxomatosis at Crowlink; an early morning call to a bat flying round a bedroom; a very badly injured hedgehog covered in maggots which had to be rushed to Highcroft vets in Hailsham; a pigeon grounded at Orchid Close Langney; a road casualty gull badly injured in Seaford; a pigeon with canker in Highdown Road Lewes; a dog attacked pigeon in St Leonards; a road casualty badger on the A22 between Uckfield and Halland as well as stopping to check on a deer clipped by a car on the East Hoathly by-pass – to name just a few!

Pippet from Hampden Park

Pippet from Hampden Park

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.