Trevor’s Week for 11th November 2015
Rescuers were called out to this juvenile swan in a drainage dyke between Rodmell and the River Ouse near Lewes. Walkers were concerned about a possible leg injury and it being lethargic. With the help of rescuer Amy and Plumpton Student Christopher I was able to catch the swan and gave him a thorough check over but could not find anything wrong apart from some healed scratches to his feet. We were rather relieved that the swan was released again as it was a long walk back to the ambulance.
We have also been out and rescued a duck on a pond in Heatherden Wood between Cross in Hand and Heathfield. The duck is another white Aylesbury type duck. These non-native ducks have been illegally dumped some time ago on the wooded pond, and this one has been attacked recently by a dog and has an infected wound just above its tail. Duty Rescuer Co-ordinator Chris and I attended on site and after a failed attempt at catching the duck using bread as bait, we then encouraged the ducks to the narrow inlet stream in the hope we would not have to get wet. However the ducks decided to paddle up the stream under the bushes leaving both of us no choice but to jump in the water! The duck was caught and carried back to WRAS’s ambulance and is now in care at our Hospital.
At the weekend we received a call from Sussex Police about a young gull with serious injuries. Luckily two of our volunteers who live in Brighton offered to help as all of our ambulances were busy. The gull has now been rushed into the vets for urgent treatment. We also sent an ambulance to this Cormorant which was grounded and in need of rescue in Newhaven as no one else was available.
We also had a hedgehog with a 4 pack plastic beer can ring holder tightly embedded round it body found in the woods at Hampden Park near the inlet stream. I attended on site with rescuer Sally, and we were able to cut the hedgehog free and treat him out on site. Luckily the finder waited for us to arrive so we could find the hedgehog quickly and easily. Later in the day the hedgehog had its wounds cleaned up under anaesthetic at Cliffe Vets in Lewes and it is now recovering well at WRAS’s Casualty Centre.
We are urgently looking for volunteers for our Tuesday evening shift 5pm until finish after 1 of the 2 new volunteers has had to pull out before they have started. Also looking for people for our Monday and Wednesday AM shift 9am until finish. If you are interested in volunteering and can spare 4 hours or so every week please have a look at our volunteering page and fill in the enquiry form. Please understand this is a commitment though, so don’t apply if you are about to move away, have an operation, a baby, change jobs etc. It is physically demanding so you will need to be able to bend, kneel, lift things and go up and down the stairs http://wildlifeambulance.org/how-you-can-help/volunteering/
We are also very short of newspapers, if anyone is able to deliver bundles of newspapers across to our Casualty Centre, there are donation bins outside our door at Unit 8, The Shaw Barn, A22, Whitesmith, BN8 6JD. There is a google map showing exactly where we are if you visit the volunteering section of our web page using the link above. We have more hedgehogs in care than any other casualty at the moment. In total for admissions this year we are about 70 hedgehogs up on previous years. We use hand torn newspaper as bedding, unfortunately we can’t take shredded paper as this can cause problems getting tightly wrapped round legs causing ligature wounds.
WRAS received a call just before 8am Sunday morning following reports of a fox tangled in goal netting at Roselands Park, Eastbourne. Rescuers Chris and Laura who were nearby, attended the scene within minutes and could see the fox straight away flailing around in the goal mouth. After approaching the animal very carefully, they managed to control the fox and begin to cut away the netting. The netting was wrapped tightly around its neck, causing the fox to stop breathing at one point, but with help from the caller all of the netting was quickly removed at the scene. After seeking advice from WRAS’s on call vet the fox has been admitted at the hospital and is now resting. Thank you to everyone who helped including officers from Eastbourne Fire Station who stopped to help.
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