Trevor’s Week for 12th August 2015
Well done to Lindsay for doing a parachute jump in aid of WRAS on last Friday. She is certainly braver than I am. She has managed to raise £945 just £55 short of her target via just giving. https://www.justgiving.com/Lindsay-Redfern1/ She had great weather for the event which took place down near Salisbury.
The rescue line has continued to see numerous calls coming in. It’s amazing how the phone can be quiet for an hour or so and then everyone starts phoning all at the same time. Please remember we are not a huge charity with a call centre taking calls. During the day our staff answer the phone whilst looking after the casualties at the Hospital and then just one person answering the phone from home over night. So there are times when we are so busy we are not able to return all calls, especially non urgent or enquiries where we have to concentrate on the emergencies.
We have had numerous rescues this week including a young wood pigeon in Belmont Lane, Uckfield which there was no way we would have been able to find unless the caller had come back out to show us. The little chap was sat half way up an embankment on a tree root and so well blended in to the background that we walked past him twice!
Rescuer Tony rushed to a very large female hog out during the day last weekend. She was looking in a bad way so Tony got her back to the centre but sadly, she didn’t make it. Fearing she had babies out there Tony rushed back to where she was found and came across four little bundles of joy wandering around. These will now be cared for by our orphan team.
Sadly one of the cygnets has died at Decoy Pond, Hampden Park last week. We have checked the body and the cygnet was 3.6kg which isn’t too bad and certainly better than the cygnets last year. We plan to keep a close eye on the cygnets this week.
A little finch has come into care from Sandcroft Road, Eastbourne. Luckily the finders knew just what to do and kept it nice and warm and calm until we could arrive. He is also with our orphan team.
We have had a beautiful young badger come into care with the help of Chris from Bexhill Wildlife Rescue. He was found dazed and confused in the road Cooden Beach. Our vet Mike assessed the youngster who is one of this year’s cubs. Fingers cross we will be able to get this little one back out for release quickly.
To celebrate my 30th Year and WRAS’s 20th Year, I have written a book on my life rescuing wildlife. The book is due to be launched on 29th August but copies can be pre-ordered, via our website at a reduced price. http://wildlifeambulance.org/donate/the-fields-were-my-theatre-book/ . The book is 240 pages long with 32 pages of colour photos.
It remains extremely busy at the casualty centre at the moment, the baby bird season will be drawing to a close soon, but we are now inundated with baby hedgehogs as well and we are about 40 hedgehogs up on the last few years when a couple of months ago we were 30 down in numbers. We are starting to soft release the first of our babies, 5 that were handreared by the orphan team that came in from various locations have now been released at one of our volunteers. Another 5 babies born to a mum from Bexhill have gone to another volunteer for release and mum has gone back home. The other 5 babies born at the centre to the mum from Hailsham Primary school are more or less weaned now and Mum is going home soon and the babies will be released from their pen in the next couple of weeks. The 5 babies born in the wild to Mum ‘Stripey’ in Uckfield, who came into care at 2 weeks old after she went missing, have gone into a pen back in the garden they were found in and they will be released there in a week or so. We have also been busy releasing lots of our garden birds, sparrows and finches, moving blackbirds and robins into their release aviaries, releasing the second to last batch of ducklings – we have had over 80 this year, moving our fox cubs and owlets to their release pens and releasing our handreared Jackdaws. This is certainly turning out to be a busy and successful Spring and Summer.
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