Young Badger from Seaford

Young Badger from Seaford

Well it’s definitely spring!  The weekend saw us have our first two baby birds come into care after being caught by cats. Both of them have nasty wounds and were freezing cold when admitted.  Weekend Manager Chris took them home and warmed them up and looked after them overnight.  Fingers crossed they will survive but it’s going to be tough. Rescuer Tony has also been out to a badger cub in Seaford who had been picked after being found wondering with a limp. The badger has been taken up to Folly Wildlife Rescue who have a lot more experience in badger cubs than us.

Chris with the three fox cubs from Langney

Chris with the three fox cubs from Langney

We have also have in a beautiful ginger dormouse which was delivered to the Raystede Centre. They have passed him to us for care. It turned out he has also been caught by a cat so is in the process of being treated for his injuries.

Dormouse from Raystede

Dormouse from Raystede

Last week we had three fox cubs found under a board and garden rubbish in an old disused fish pond in a garden in Langney. The owner of the property went out to clear away the debris and discovered the cubs and saw mum run off. Rescuer Chris attended on site to assess the situation and decided that due to the amount of disturbance the cubs should be picked up checked over, and an attempt made to reunite them with their mum later in the day.  I checked them over and found that they had nice full tummies, and were in a very good condition. About 7pm Chris and I took the cubs back to the garden in a plastic tub with heat pads in the bottom and covered by a towel which they had been wrapped in all day to get as much scent on to it as possible.  We left this on top attract mum. Amazingly within half an hour of us setting up the mum appears, and it was clearly mum looking at her teats.  She was very nervous. The owner of the property had given us a dead line of 10pm as they needed to go to bed, and there was no way out of the garden other than through the house, so we had a three hour window to work with.  Every five minutes or so she would appear and get closer to the old pond and our plastic tub but as it was so windy she was easily frightened. It was not long before she realised where her young were.  Chris and I were sat inside a summer house in the dark being as still as possible watching through the windows. The closer we got to 10pm the closer the vixen got to taking the cubs.  We phoned the owners and asked for an extra 30 minutes. But it was clear she felt too exposed and vulnerable jumping down on to the patio to take the cubs. I had the dilemma of ‘do I go out move the cubs and risk frightening mum away or do I leave them alone and risk mum not taking them before our deadline?’  We heard the vixen jump over the fence, so as she was out of sight we decided we had nothing to lose so I moved the cubs out of the tub and onto the bank with just 20 minutes left.  Within 5 minutes she was back and soon spotted them and straight away was picking them up and taking them away one at a time.  We were able to watch this and record it using our children’s night vision scope, which you can watch on our You Tube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/eastsussexwras.

Hedgehog from Hailsham

Hedgehog from Hailsham

Last weekend turned out to be very busy with a hedgehog admitted from Hailsham with injuries to its back; there was also a young calcium deficient collared dove from a vets in Uckfield which had a tick on its head. He is now with Kathy at home along with two of our dovelets currently in care with Kathy, of which one is from Eastbourne and the other from the Kings Head pub in East Hoathly. There was also an underweight dove from Herstmonceux,  a beautiful but underweight pigeon from Eastbourne, a young rabbit caught by a cat from Eastbourne, a chaffinch which has come into care from Pevensey, a road casualty blackbird.

New Collared Dove

New Collared Dove


WRAS’s new Educational Trailer sponsored by Animal Friends Insurance was at Selby Meadows in Uckfield  last week it was really nice to meet so many people keen on being outdoors and in a little oasis. It’s great to see the community coming together to achieve a little nature area like this.

One of the new baby birds

One of the new baby birds

We are running another one of our Unusual Quiz Nights at East Dean Village Hall on Saturday 7th May. These quizzes are great fun, where you have to touch, taste, watch, listen, and smell items to win. The theme will be Summer Holidays. Tickets are £10 per person and include a free meal. Team can be up to 6 people. Doors open at 7pm, food served about 7:30pm and the quiz starts about 8pm and all proceeds go to East Sussex WRAS. To book just call 01825 873003.

 

VIDEOS:

Dormouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdXin8TSPro&feature=youtu.be

Fox Cubs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFeXVBmQBaE

WRAS's Education Trailer at Selbey Meadows

WRAS’s Education Trailer at Selbey Meadows

 

 

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

http://www.wildlifeambulance.org/

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

 

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.