Wood Pigeon caught in line above the water in Moat Pond

Wood Pigeon caught in line above the water in Moat Pond

Off duty Rescuer Daryl Farmer was about to go to the Gym at East Grinstead yesterday (Sunday 8th March 2020)  when he heard about a rescue at Moat Pond East Grinstead. On social media posts were mentioning a wood pigeon hanging by fishing line above Moat Pond. “Friends of Moat Pond” had tried to get to the bird but due to the depth of water were unable to do so.

“Despite knowing it was technically out of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue’s area he didn’t feel he could ignore it as he was about to go to the Gym next door” said Lead Casualty Manager Katie Nunn Nash.

Rescuers head out using a boat

Rescuers head out using a boat

Daryl collected a boat from WRAS and drove to the scene to help. “I arrived at the same time as the RSPCA, so we had a chat about how to undertake the rescue and so I set off in the boat to rescue the pigeon” said Daryl.

“It was not the easiest of rescues, trying to reach it and not over balance on the boat was not easy. But he was soon in safe hands” said Daryl, who then drove the bird to East Sussex Wildlife Rescue’s hospital on the A22 at Whitesmith between Hailsham and Uckfield.

Rescuer Daryl Farmer with the rescued pigeon

Rescuer Daryl Farmer with the rescued pigeon

“The poor bird is very tired and exhausted. Luckily his wings seem to be okay but there are concerns over his leg at this stage. With a lot of inflammation he has limited use but it will be monitored closely over the next couple of days” said Katie.

WRAS would like to thank you everyone who was involved in rescuing this bird and getting him into care.

Wood Pigeon now in care

Wood Pigeon now in care

Fishing line is a common incident which East Sussex Wildlife Rescue deals with. This is not the first time the charity has been called to help birds at this location.

“Fishing should be avoided in areas where there are bushes and trees which line could get caught on when casting and we urged fishermen to think twice before doing so. We appreciate that many fishermen act responsibly and it only take a few to spoil it for the rest. However, we would urge any council or landowner to think twice about allowing fishing on at pond where the vegetation is not managed or suitable for people casting line safely” said Trevor Weeks MBE Operations Director of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue.

 

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: 07494-126280

Address:

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