Trevor’s Week for 20th July 2016
We have had four young hedgehogs from Hereward Road in Lewes come in this week. These four babies were found over a three day period in the same garden. One of which Kathy and I attended late at night weighing just 115g. After the light chap spent the night at Kathys before joining his siblings at the centre the following day he now weighs 144g – he certainly liked his dinner.
“Mr Goblet” was an injured hedgehog who came into care in early June after being found over two nights in a garden in Kings Avenue Eastbourne. Rescuers managed to get him up to the centre where the extent of his damage became clear. After having his wounds cleaned he was rushed up to Henley House Vets in Uckfield to be sedated and have his wounds cleaned properly. Goblet has spent the last month or so have his wounds cleaned and washed daily. Assistant Manager Katie has done a fantastic job with his care to the stage where he was given the all clear by out vets and was allowed to go home this week.
Hedgehog Chewbacca’s who came back into care a couple of weeks ago, after being found giving birth to her babies on a lawn after being disturbed, is doing well. Two of her babies have survived and we have called them R2D2 and CP30. They are both doing very well. She is doing a great job so far looking after her babies and we are thrilled she accepted them back.
Our latest baby hedgehog to come into care was accidentally separated from his mum and spread into a plant pot with some compost! The poor little one was hidden amongst the soil for at least 24 hours before being found. It’s always touch and go with these tiny ones, especially when they’ve got so cold and dehydrated, but Orphan Team Leader Lindsay will be doing what she can to try and pull him through, fingers crossed!
Ambulances have been rushing around dealing with a gull chick grounded in Birch Road Eastbourne, a hedgehog with a leg injury in Lewes, a catted sparrow in Polegate, a road casualty magpie in East Dean and a catted baby pigeon in Beacon Road Seaford. We have also had an injured gull with a fractured wing and a catted blackbird delivered to the hospital. Rescuers have also dealt with a gull off a roof in South Street Eastbourne, a baby pigeon from Chaucer Business Park Polegate, two hedgehogs in Newhaven, a catted robin and a collared dove in Hailsham on a building site. Plus a rabbit hit by a car in Polegate.
Rescuers have a tricky job of dealing with an injured gull 4 stories up in South Street Eastbourne. Rescuer Chris sat had to sit on the kitchen work surface and stretched to grab it and secure it safely whilst being watched by its worried mum. The youngster was admitted to WRAS overnight and sent to Bird Aid at Hailsham in the morning.
Rescuer rushed to the aid of a badger in East Dean. The poor thing was not easy to rescue being entangled in netting. Rescuer Dave and I attended on site and spent about 15minutes cutting the badger free from what seemed like miles of netting which had been so tightly twisted round that our cutting tools struggled. Our vet Mike met us at the Casualty Centre to sedate and help remove the netting safely and check out the wounds which are luckily nowhere near as bad as we thought they were going to be. The badger spent 24hours in care and was lucky enough to be suitable for release the following day.
We have also had an injured Dunnock which needed suturing. A hedgehog with a nasty leg injured sedated and treated. Ambulances have also dealt with a gull on Seaford beach with its wing hanging off. As well as all the new animals and birds coming in we have managed to get a dove who had severe Canker, the crow who was stuck on the aerial and a gull who had been shot in the neck out for release. We also have several hedgehogs going out for release including two in Seaford and one in Polegate. Two hand reared wood pigeons have also gone to their release pen. We have now moved our fox cubs to their release site, freeing up their current pen for our 2nd batch of 9 handreared Jackdaws.
I’m sounding a bit like a stuck record at the moment on the phone about gulls giving out advice and triaging what needs to be seen and what doesn’t. When gulls fledge they are rarely successful in flying straight away. They can spend up to 5 days or more on the ground building up their muscle strength in order to be able to fly. They are vulnerable during this time, but this is nature and it is part of the natural process they have to go through. The parents will be around to defend them, but they won’t be constantly bringing food as they want to encourage their young to fly. Obviously if a bird has clear injuries then it needs help, but otherwise a good way to check if it is a genuine fledgling or not – ie should it be on the ground or popped back up on a roof, is to look at their wings, if they are learning to fly then their wing tips will cross over, if they don’t do so yet then they are off the roof too soon. It is a difficult time of year as we still have some very young gulls around, but also many have now fledged, so we will be asking you lots of questions when you ring to assess what stage the bird may be at. Fledglings should be left alone if they are in a garden, park, or quiet area but not if they are in the middle of a busy main road though. So may need help. Sadly the facilities don’t exist to bring in all fledglings of all species that are at risk of being caught by predators so fledglings should be left on the ground if in a relatively safe area. There is more information on our website at wildlifeambulance.org.
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