TREVOR WEEKS MBE - Pigeon rescued as stormy winds leave it exhausted

An injured Cormorant was taken into the emergency vets but sadly passed away.
An injured Cormorant was taken into the emergency vets but sadly passed away.
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This week has seen ambulances rushing to the aid of a variety of casualties including three road casualty foxes in Eastbourne, a pigeon exhausted from the stormy winds in Oakwood Drive, Uckfield, a dove badly injured by a Sparrowhawk in Tylers Yard in Nutley, and an underweight hedgehog too small to hibernate in Dittons Road, Pevensey Bay.

We also had a call to a badly injured pigeon at a pub in Pevensey Road, Eastbourne. An ambulance arrived on site within 30 minutes only to be told someone had taken it off to wring its neck.

As the ambulances were quiet on Thursday night rescuers Chris and Jen tended to an injured Cormorant grounded at Lancing. Luckily, late at night the A27 is quiet, so the bird was quickly rescued and taken into the emergency vets. The bird was in a poor condition and sadly passed away.

Rescuer Murrae last weekend also had a road casualty fox in Eastbourne and a swan which had crash landed on Sevenoaks Road Field and then was being chased by dogs, as well as a poorly badger hidden behind someone’s gate in The Goffs, Eastbourne.

This week has been a good week for releases with a fox which we picked up from Greenleaves Emergency Night Clinic about four weeks ago being released back in Bexhill fit and well having fully recovered from Mange and injured as a result of being hit by a car. We also have another fox in care from the same night clinic. This fox is also a road casualty from Bexhill. When it was admitted the fox was not able to stand due to swelling around the spine. We’re very pleased with the fox’s progress and it is now moving around so is now being moved into a larger pen to fully recover.

The Little Owl which was rescued up on Ashdown Forest a few weeks ago after being hit by a car, has made a full recovery and has also been released this week along with a Tawny Owl which was yet another road casualty near Staplecross.

The first hard frost of the year came last week. Most of the hedgehogs which are coming in at the moment are around 300-400grams which is too small to hibernate. Although the numbers are not as high as this time last year, so we are hoping for a slightly quieter hedgehog season.

We are holding a clothes swap at the Enterprise Shopping Centre on November 16 between 9am and 5.30pm.Lindsay, one of our assistant managers, is organising the event and is really keen to get as many people involved as possible.

All you need to do is donate your unwanted, undamaged, clean clothing and accessories to WRAS by November 15. You will receive five tickets in exchange for your donated goods which are eligible for items at the “Clothes Swap”. You pay a donation to enter the clothes swap where you can then spend your tickets. Items will also be available to buy in exchange for donations for those who haven’t donated clothing or turn up on the day. For details call Lindsay on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday on 01825-873003 or e-mail lindsay@eastsussexwras.org.uk.

As the weather is getting colder and birds will start using bird tables and feeders more. Please ensure your tables and feeders are clean and hygienic.

Finally don’t forget our Black Tie Charity Event being held at the Cumberland Hotel on Eastbourne seafront. There will be a three course dinner, entertainment, photographer, a guest speaker, silent auction, DJ and dancing. Tickets are £40 per person and include the meal and all entertainment. To book please contact Kate on 01825873003.