Goose rescued from Uckfield sewage tank

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Southern Water staff called out East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) after a goose was found trapped in a sewage tank at the Uckfield Water Treatment Works on Tuesday.

Staff noticed the bird had landed in the circular waste water tank on Friday and was being chased by the constantly rotating arm, which they quickly turned off. They thought the bird might be able to fly out on its own but on Monday the goose was still there so they called for help from WRAS.

Trevor Weeks MBE, WRAS founder, attended on site along with three other rescuers Kathy, Sean and Robert. Trevor said: “This is not the first time we have had waterfowl accidentally landing in this exactly same tank. In October 2007 we had a swan trapped here which we needed to catch. The smaller birds like ducks are normally OK and can fly out easily but geese and swans always have trouble.”

He said: “Because of the drop from ground level down to the gully round the edge of the tank, I had to climb down in order to try and catch the goose. The gully was very slippery and wet so we had to proceed with caution.

“Sean stayed by the overflow to stop the goose becoming stuck whilst Robert and I approached from either side.

“ Geese are not easy to catch in the best of situations and this was no exception. After a couple of attempts to catch the goose, it managed to take off and just about gain enough height to fly through the surrounding railings and onto the grass. I think all it needed was a bit of encouragement to help it get up and out of the tank and I’m so glad I didn’t end up getting wetter than we did with the swan rescue.

“Thanks to Southern Water staff at Uckfield for their co-operation and help.”