Baby Blackbird

So much has happened this past week I don’t know how I am going to fit it all in!

Baby Finch

We have had our first baby birds come in! The first one was a hatchling Blackbird from Roseland Avenue Eastbourne which had been caught by a cat. Then a cheeky little finch was delivered to our centre after being found out of his nest. They are now in our Orphan Room and our Orphan Team is now swinging into action.

Catted Slow Worm

We have also had a catted slow worm come into care from Hailsham, it has lost more than just the end of its tail unfortunately, so is currently being treated.

Cub Number 3 has been admitted after being handed into the Companion Care Vets in Eastbourne. A few days before builders had disturbed her den, along with their mum and siblings causing mum to run off. The builders did the right thing in replacing the cover and leaving alone. The following morning mum had returned and collected all but one of them. After a second night she still had not collected this cub so they handed it to the vets. She is now with our Orphan Team, feeding well and getting her strength up so it shouldn’t be too long before she can join our other 2 cubs.

Swan at Sovereign Harbour

If you find a swan in a location where it shouldn’t be or you are concerned about it, please ring us for advice rather than just escort it to the nearest body of water. Please try and keep dogs and people away too.

Swan at Sovereign Harbour

We were called down to Sovereign Harbour last week after a swan was found on the shingle beach at the harbour.  Unfortunately well meaning members of the public had encouraged the swan back into the water thinking the swan was safer there.  We spent about 15 minutes watching the swan which kept shaking his head and clearly wanting to get out the water but couldn’t get up the harbour wall. Eventually the swan returned to the shingle beach. We walked down to the waters edge and cut off the swans escape route. We lulled the swan into a false sense of security by feeding it and I crept slowly forward before being able to spring forward and catch the swan. We checked over the swan and found a wound under the right wing.  Its behaviour and injuries were that of a swan involved in a collision. So we decided to admit the swan to our Hospital. At first we thought the wounds were not too serious but on closer inspection the swan needed more specialist help and was transport up to the Swan Sanctuary.

Oiled Swan

At the weekend we also took a call about a crashed swan walking along the car park near KFC in Lottbridge Drove Eastbourne. Again members of the public moved the swan into the nearby stream so when rescuers Tony and Claire arrived their job was harder. The swan was clearly very waterlogged and needed rescuing. They got some equipment out of the ambulance and managed to capture the swan from the bank. They covered the freezing bird in towels and rushed it to our hospital.  The swan appeared to be covered in a substance like cooking oil. The poor swan was clearly struggling and was soaked through due the oil taking his waterproofing away.

After a shower and clean up to remove the oil the swan was dried out and placed on a heat mat to ensure he stayed warm.  The incident has been reported to the Environment Agency Ref 1603862. Anyone living along the water from Princes Park to Leeds Avenue Eastbourne please keep and eye out for any wildlife that looks like its waterlogged or struggling like fish gasping etc. Ducks and swans should never looks sodden and water should run off their backs. This oil isn’t black or obvious and will just look like the bird is soaking wet and dirty. If you have any concerns at all call the rescue line 07815078234 if you see oil then contact the Environment Agency on 0800807060.

King fisher Release

We have had what we think is our first ever successful kingfisher release. We have previously passed these specialist birds to other rescue centres. After being admitted as a likely window strike our Care Team were concerned about neurological signs. The kingfisher was given a lovely recipe of sprats, special cat food vitamins and rehydration fluid blended together. Our care team monitored him closely and tube fed the small bird to keep him hydrated and up to weight. After some rest his neurological symptoms disappeared and he began to perch and took food really well. Due to how stressed they get in captivity it is important to try and get them home quickly.

We have also had a really difficult rescue of an injured grebe in the outlet stream of Princes Park Eastbourne. Rescuer feared they had lost the Grebe after it went through the outlet grill, but as they got closer they could see the poor bird trapped in debris just the other side. Rescuer Chris was able to jump in the water and reach through to free the bird and bring it into care.

 

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.

 

Appeal for information as Hedgehog is caught in trap – POLEGATE

A lady in Rye Close Polegate had a shock when she found a seriously injured hedgehog in her garden attached to a rodent trap.

 

The starving adult hedgehog, as thought to be freshly out of hibernation, looking for a tasty meal has found a Rat trap with some taste food in it and unfortunately sprung the violent trap that became attached to one of its front legs.

 

Rescuers were horrified when they arrived on the scene, and quickly removed the hedgehog from the trap and rushed her up to WRAS’s Hospital at Whitesmith for emergency treatment.

“The leg was fractured and there was extensive tissue damage. Where the pressure had been applied the tissue had swollen cutting off the blood supply resulting is further tissue damage. It was horrendous. It was clear the injury had not just happened and potentially the poor creature has been dragging the trap around for a couple of days or more. ” said Lead Casualty Manager Chris Riddington.

 

One of WRAS’s vets was contacted and as result of the extensive damage, the hedgehog had to be put to sleep.

 

Fay Vass,  Chief Executive, British Hedgehog Preservation Society said “Hedgehogs are listed on Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act and may not be trapped without a licence.  This means that if a trap is set, albeit intended for something else, and it catches a hedgehog, then the person who set the trap can be prosecuted. Anyone setting a trap is obliged to take all reasonable precautions to avoid catching non target species, it is almost impossible to ensure hedgehogs cannot be caught when using this trap (or any similar one) so whoever sets them is at risk of prosecution if a hedgehog is caught. It is no defence in law to say that the catch was unintentional.”

The incident has been reported to Sussex Police, as WRAS believes an offence has occurred.

 

[Taken from Sussex Police’s press statement which includes this quote]

PC Waters of Sussex Police said “as a result of being made aware of the placing of the trap and the catching of a non- target species we have knocked on all the surrounding houses asking questions. If anyone has any information on who has placed this trap please get in contact with Sussex Police on 101 quoting reference 0918 of 5/4/18 and we will investigate further.”

 

WRAS Founder Trevor Weeks said, “Clearly some members of the public cannot use these products as per the manufacturer’s instructions so it begs the question should they be banned from sale. I have said repeatedly, that the use of traps and poisons are just short-term quick fixes that do not address the real reasons and problems at hand. We are supposed to be the more intelligent species so we should be thinking more long term and address such problems with long term sustainable solutions and not with barbaric traps and poisons.”

WARNING Flickering images:   Video of the trap: https://youtu.be/WqavlkTXy6o

 

 

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.