Thank you to everyone who attended and made a donation at our collection at Hailsham Asda over the weekend.
I will let you know next week how much was raised.
It was so nice to be back in my home town doing a collection and to meet so many faces from the past.
I’ve not had an opportunity to properly introduce Lindsay Redfern, one of our new Casualty Centre Managers. “Lush”, the cruelty free cosmetic company generously donated £10,000 towards a salary for Lindsay to work full time on minimum wage for 12 months. WRAS has worked closely with local schools and college for a number of years providing work experience placements and talks, but Lush’s donation has provided the opportunity to offer more in-depth training in a variety of rehabilitation subjects as well as to the general public through fundraising stalls and the educational tools which Lindsay is in the process of creating. Having completed a university dissertation on the most common causes of harm to wild birds in 2013, Lindsay discovered that around half of the injuries suffered by wild birds were caused by humans or human activity. Her dissertation helped her to realise that human activity is having a much larger impact upon wild animals then most people may realise. This discovery prompted her to get in touch with Lush to see if they may be able to help fund her working full time with WRAS and in turn provide her with the time to promote the problems, possible solutions and to raise general awareness of the most common concerns to wild animals.
January and February are annually very bad months for the survival rates of casualties. There are a higher number of road casualties during this time and the casualty’s injuries or conditions are generally much more severe.
An amazing Long Eared Owl was found outside the work gates of a company just off Lottbridge Drive, Eastbourne last week. This is only the second such owl which WRAS has come across and like the last one found fairly close by, the owl suffered from some serious injuries thought to be as a result of a collision with a vehicle. We wanted a second opinion so decided to take the owl to RSPCA Mallydams where our fears were confirmed and the owl sadly had to be put to sleep.
We also had a sparrowhawk which was rescued after being caught up on the roof rack of a van. Rescuers shot out to Buxted where the van driver first noticed the bird was caught. Sadly the bird had a nasty shattered wing and leg, and had to be put to sleep after a veterinary assessment. It can get very depressing seeing such severe injuries and not being able to save them, but at least we are able to stop their suffering and relieve their pain.
I would like to thank East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service who sent out officers from their Uckfield station to assist WRAS with the rescue of a pigeon caught in netting on a building in Uckfield High Street. The bird was too high up for WRAS’s ladders. WRAS also attended a pigeon caught in netting at the back of Asda in Eastbourne too. Both birds were rescued and taken into WRAS’s Casualty Centre for care. The Asda pigeon was monitored for 24 hours and then released again, but the Uckfield pigeon was rather underweight, also very young and not flying properly yet, so is staying with WRAS being hand reared alongside our other two young feral pigeons.
Rockin’ 4 Wildlife is a new Charity Event in Eastbourne to raise money for local wildlife. It will be taking place on March 15 at the Underground Theatre in Eastbourne and will feature several bands including Knocksville, Emperor the Stag and guests. Tickets are just £5 each for a great evening of entertainment. Please support the event and WRAS. Tickets are available by contacting Chris on 01825-873003 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep an eye out for juvenile or underweight hedgehogs at night as they are still out and about, we have had a few in recently the last one was just 331g and suffering with lungworm. The little girl looks in great condition, just young, she has been named ‘Spring’. We have a cold spell forecasted so these little ones really need our help. As ever any hog seen out in daytime needs to be picked up straightaway and taken to a rescue. Fingers cross this wet weather will finish soon too!