TREVOR WEEKS MBE - Be aware of nesting birds before cutting down trees

This is a photo of Twinkle at Lewes a couple of years ago.
This is a photo of Twinkle at Lewes a couple of years ago.

Please think about the birds and other wildlife when cutting trees and hedges.

Contrary to popular belief birds have not finished nesting yet, wood pigeons are still nesting into October and doves will nest in March. So please check trees and bushes carefully before cutting them down. We have had yet another two baby wood pigeons come in this week, after they have fallen from a height when their tree was cut down.

They join Kathy’s three other baby pigeons. Two of them are baby woodies which came into care last week with holes in their crops but after some hard work they are doing great, they are now about two weeks old. The smaller one who can’t hold his head up is getting stronger, and his crop is now starting to work properly. He is making more of an effort to stand and straighten his head as well as move around to get into comfortable positions to snuggle next to the others. The larger of the two has now got grey fluff on his back. The other baby with them which is a hatchling is from the previous week and is about two to three days younger and is by far the strongest but the smallest of the lot.

Would you be interested in volunteering? We need to get numbers up on our Saturday and Sunday morning and evening shifts as well as Tuesday morning shifts, as they are below minimum levels even before we get busy in the autumn. If you are interested in committing to one 3-4 hour shift once a week from 9am to around 1pm or 5pm to around 8pm please email Kathy at Kathy@eastsussexwras.org.uk. We are also looking to expand our on-call rescue service, too, with volunteers being based at our Casualty Centre at Whitesmith either daytime 10am till 6pm or 6pm till 10pm. You can reach me on my email at trevor@eastsussexwras.org.uk if interested.

This week has been another week for releases, with our four remaining orphaned fox cubs being soft released back to the wild. However, we were so thrilled that the Willingdon Primary School Fox, which was rescued more than six weeks ago, has finally been released.

This is the fox which was hanging by a toe from some chain link fencing in the middle of bramble bushes at the beginning of the summer holidays. She has been in longer than we would have hoped but she ended up losing a toe and the infection present proved harder to treat than normal. Our volunteers are really missing the foxes as they have been such characters.

Other calls this week have included an injured moorhen reported at Pells Pond at Lewes; a grounded bat at Bishopstone; yet another dove, which flew into something, with head injures, this time at Westham; a catted pigeon with nasty injures at Heathfield; a road casualty gull in Susans Road, Eastbourne and Seafield Close, Seaford; an injured pigeon Beatty Road, Eastbourne; another pigeon at Linton Court, Polegate; a crashed swan on the A22 near Hampden Park; a road casualty badger on the A27 near Lewes and on the A22 near East Hoathly.

We have been contacted several times about a seal in Sovereign Harbour. This is a regular event now, and one of the seals which enters through the lock gates is little “Twinkle”, released by the RSPCA some five years ago near the Wash. They come and go through the large lock gates on a regular basis now and are monitored by WRAS and British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

Little Victoria, the kicked hedgehog, is doing well. Sussex Police visited us this week and took statements about her condition and treatment. I’m very impressed with their approach to this incident and very pleased with their response. Such a horrible incident must be taken seriously.