Grounded pigeon from Seaford

Its that time of year when we are starting to admit quite a few road casualties. Last week we rushed to the aid of a badger hit on King Offa Way Bexhill. Nobody stopped with the badger so we had no idea if the badger would even still be there when rescuers arrived. The badger was in a very serious condition so had no moved from the curb. Rescuers were able to load the badger into a cage and transport the creature direct to the vets for euthanasia to end its suffering.

I rushed to a badger on the A26 at 2am on Tuesday morning after reports of a injured badger just north of Lewes. Again the passing motorist did not stop to check the badger which clearly had been dead for over 24 hours.  Rescuer Chris Riddington also rushed to a badger near the Belle Tout Lighthouse on Tuesday after receiving a call from the National Trust.

If you hit or find a road casualty, please pull over somewhere safe and turn your hazard lights on if appropriate.  We appreciate some busy main roads are not safe to stop on, but if possible please walk back and check to see if the casualty is still alive.  When the roads are quieter or at night it may be possible to turn round and drive slowly past the casualty to check whether it is alive or not, before calling us out.  It really helps if people can wait with casualties till we arrived too just in case they move. Frequently we are told that people can’t stop as they need to get to work, most employers will fully understand being late if you phone explain the situation, and they would not be able to sack someone for stopping to help a casualty and it could be argued that it is an offence to knowingly leave an animal suffering.

Partridge road casualty from Piddinghoe

Do be careful as there seem to be quite a few partridge and pheasants crossing roads at the moment. Not sure landowners have been releasing them for shooting recently. Sunday night I was called out to one which flew into a window and knocked itself out on Lewes Road Newhaven, on my way back from this incident I can across another in the road clearly stunned and injured from being hit by a car.  Both of these have recovered and been released already.  I personally disagree with so many game birds being released into the wild, as so many are run over, or starve struggling to find food. More and more birds are moving into towns and cities and both Eastbourne and Brighton seafronts have pheasants and Eastbourne even has partridge living there too.  So please be careful when driving out in the countryside especially roads like the C7 Between Lewes and Newhaven where these birds are regularly hit.

We have had a stunning pigeon come in from Seaford. He was hiding under a car for a couple of days after losing track of his parents. Clearly he had only just fledged he and was very bemused and hungry. Faecal analysis showed he had Coccidia and is underweight which is probably why he could not fly to follow them once he left the nest. Rescuers Kai and Fiona drove across and brought him back to Kathy and I to assess and bed down on treatment at the Casualty Centre.

A couple of PIgeons in care at WRAS

Other rescues this week have included rescuer Tony being called out to a young woodpigeon from Upper Kings Drive Willingdon. A few scrapes but nothing serious. We have had a catted Wren delivered from Uckfield, no wounds but a sore shoulder. Tony has also been to a collapsed fox in Eastbourne that ran off when approached as well as a hedgehog out during the day in Pevensey Bay. Volunteer Katey has helped collect a grounded pigeon in Newick which needed veterinary attention. Rescuer Niall was called out to our second hedgehog caught in a rat trap in Polegate.

Not long to go now before the Christmas Craft fair 2017! We have space still for tables, only £10 per table! If you would like to book at table please email chris@eastsussexwras.org.uk or call 01825873003 between 11am and 4pm Friday, Saturday or Sundays. It was a great success last year and we are really looking forward to this on at East Dean Village Hall on Saturday 2nd December between 11am and 3pm.

 

Trevor Weeks MBE

Founder & Operations Director

 

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

Reg Charity 1108880

 

Office: 01825-873003

24Hr Rescue Line: 07815-078234

Trevor’s Private Mobile: 07931-523958

 

Address:

Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD.

 

 

 

 

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.