Red-Footed Booby found in Sussex!
Sunday afternoon saw rescuers rushed out to reports of a seabird on the beach at St Leonards. When they arrived they found a very usual bird. After some research the bird turned out to be a red footed Booby. This is a first for us and possible a first for the UK if it has flown here. We assume it hasn’t escaped from anywhere. We know they have been seen in Spain before but are normally found in much hotter environments like the Galapagos islands is obviously a long way from home. Rescuers managed to catch the bird easily on the beach and brought it back to WRAS’s Casualty Centre at Whitesmith for initial care. The bird underweight and is showing signs of feather stress and was transported to RSPCA Mallydams Wood at Hastings where they have more specialist facilities for sea birds. They will deal with its long term treatment, care and rehabilitation back to the wild which might mean flying it to a more suitable location for release.
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