Young Tawny Owl currently in care

This week is Hedgehog Awareness Week! If you haven’t been down to our Charity Shop at 192 Terminus Road, Eastbourne by TJ Hughes then its well worth a visit to find out more about one of Britain’s most loved wildlife creatures.  We also have a window display at Uckfield Volunteer Bureau in Uckfield High Street too.

As it Hedgehog Awareness Week we want everyone to do a garden safety check, to help our prickly friends.  This weekend we want as many people as possible to go out into their gardens are check for the following. Holes and drains. If you have any uncovered holes or drains which a hedgehog might fall into and become stuck or unable to climb out from then get them covered up and fixed.  Netting. Do you have an old children’s play goal, camouflage netting or even fruit netting in your garden? If so please dispose of anything which is no longer needed. In order to prevent hedgehogs becoming entangled in netting raise any netting off the floor by at least 8 inches or if used around fruit bushes place a wide plank of wood along the base of the netting to prevent the hedgehog trying to walk under the netting. Chemicals: Have a good look round for any old chemicals or containers with anything like old engine oil, antifreeze, paint, solvents or glue which hedgehogs could get covered in or even digest as some of these can be fatal.  Litter and rubbish. Broken glass, plastic beer can rings and elastic bands are all hazards which cause serious injuries to hedgehogs, so give your garden a good clean up and move any such items.  Ponds and waterways. Could a hedgehog get out of your pond or the waterway running through your garden? Placing a wide enough piece of wood at a shallow angle into the water would help hedgehogs climb out.  With spring in the air lots of people are also cutting the long grass with strimmers. Please be careful when using strimmers  as they cause horrendous injuries to hedgehogs. It is always best to check through long grass for any sleeping hedgehogs and especially around the boards where plants over hang your lawn where there could be a build up of leaves. This will save hidden hedgehogs from a nasty shock.

Chris and I ran the Barcombe 10k on Bank Holiday Monday to raise money for our work helping hedgehogs.  We have raised over £800 via facebook and Just Giving. So thank you to everyone who has sponsored us. The heat was a real killer and the last couple of miles were really tough. However I have to say the route is one of the nicest 10k routes I have ever run.  I’m running the Little Horsted 10k on Sunday and in a few weeks time the East Hoathly 5k with Kathy and our vet Sophie too!

Hatchling Moorhen chick

We have some amazing young wildlife coming into our orphan room at the moment. We have a really young moorhen chick with its yellow and red beak, some fluffy tawny owl chick with their intense stare, we have some speckled thrushes both song and mistle in too.

The hedgehog which was rescue from the crocodile at the adventure park on Eastbourne seafront has been returned back to this week after his short stay with WRAS. Hopefully we won’t see him stuck on the back of the crocodile again!  The badger we rescued at Hartfield with a nasty territorial badger fighting wound above his tail has also been released back home too.

Ellie and Trevor trying to rescue the starling

Rescuers Ellie and I were called out after a lady, on the Town Farm Estate in Hailsham, heard a flapping noise coming from a drain. When we attended on site we couldn’t see anything in the drain. However I noticed a pipe low down close to the water, which the bird might have been able to get into. We used a crow bar to lift the drain at the corner of Phoenix Close and Observatory View to look inside. Luckily the pipe was only about 5 feet long and there was a drain cover on the pavement. We lifted this cover to get to the other end of the pipe. Ellie used a net to cover one end, whilst I stuck my head down the other drain and tried to reach the bird by putting my arm along the pipe. Unfortunately the bird was too far along the pipe and the other drain was too narrow for Ellie to reach into the pipe. So I grabbed one of the drain keys and again stuck my head and arm down the drain and rattled it around.  To my relief the bird came out the other end and Ellie was able to catch the bird and get it secure.  The adult starling had a smell of oil on its feather from splashing around in the drain water. We decided to bring the bird back to WRAS’s Casualty Centre at Whitesmith where Casualty Manager Katie gave the bird a shower and wash, before a gentle blow dry. After being cleaned up the bird was bedded down at the centre and given a hearty meal and left to recover.  Mid afternoon after several hours of recovery, the bird was in a much better condition and flying well, so we decided to take the bird back to Phoenix Close and release him back home. Ellie released the starling from its carrier to fly off down the road flying really strongly. It was really nice to seem him flying back to the wild.

Hailsham Starling being washed

 

 

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.