TREVOR WEEKS MBE - Injured gull proves elusive in rescue bids

The gull found in Seahaven a few weeks ago has now been released
The gull found in Seahaven a few weeks ago has now been released

A badly injured gull is proving very elusive in Hailsham around the recreation ground and library area of Hailsham,

We have been out several times but because we are so busy the delay means the gull has disappeared by the time we arrive. Please keep an eye out for it and try to box it, cover it or contain it somewhere safe and call us.

One of the Robins from a nest in Cowbeech where the mother had been missing for days

One of the Robins from a nest in Cowbeech where the mother had been missing for days

We had a new young fox in this week from Seaford rescued by Tony. We think this is the same fox we have been out to a few times in the Blatchington area of Seaford. He has an injury on one side of his chest. An X-ray of showed haemorrhaging in part of the lungs. He is now on antibiotics and TLC from WRAS and is making a good recovery. The road casualty fox found outside Sovereign Leisure Centre last week has been released along with the fox found in Arlington. Sherman the Septic Tank fox is now ready for release too.

We had a tricky gull rescue at Hampden Park last week. A factory worker noticed the young fledgling gull when they collected their car on finishing work. The gull was trapped under some bushes the other side of a chainlink fence. The worker went round the other side of the fence but couldn’t get to the gull because of deep wide water and mud filled dyke and bushes. We spent over 45 minutes trying to locate the gull from the description from the caller. Eventually we used ladders off our ambulance to cross the dyke and managed to find the gull franticly trying to find a way through the chain link fencing. It was released in the car park the other side of the chain link fence, where it flew off up to the roof. There is a video of the rescue on our You Tube Channel.

This week has also seen us dealing with mum and ducklings wandering along in Hailsham, several injured gulls in Eastbourne, fledgling gulls in Polegate, road casualty rabbits at Lewes, an rta gull in Bexhill, a window strike woodpecker at Alfriston as well as having to pass over a call about a deer caught in a fence and a window strike bird in the northern area of the county and a gull off a roof in Hastings. There has also been a gull chick in Ringmer and a cat attacked pigeon in Willingdon, which had to be rushed into the vets. Rescuers Kai and Kirsti were called to a beautiful kestrel in Alciston, which was found in a water trough soaked and very cold. He has now been taken to the Centre to be warmed up, he has recovered very well and now been released. We have also had 8 baby ducklings come into care from Langney after being found in a drain.

The adult gull which Seahaven Bird Rescue delivered to us suffering from botulism a few weeks ago has done very well and has now been released back in Seaford where it was originally rescued. We have also managed to release 11 ducklings and 7 magpies plus 12 jackdaws have gone into a soft release aviary.

WRAS received a call from a concerned lady in Cowbeech today regarding a nest of robins in her back garden. We hoped the parent would return, but with no sight of her since 9am in the morning, we feared the worst and rescuer Chris was sent to investigate. He checked the nest and found five young birds crying for food and looking for mum. It was obvious they needed care and rehydration in this heat so they have been bedded down at the centre.

Rescuers Kai and Lindsay were called out to rescue a baby hedgehog after its sibling was collected from the same address the previous evening. After searching the area in case of others, they came across the mother in her nest with multiple infected wounds. Mum and two babies are now safely in care at our Casualty Care Centre and the siblings have been reunited.

So far this baby season we have handled 372 baby birds (not including pigeons and doves) from hatchlings to fledglings, and 89 baby mammals and this doesn’t include gull chicks put back on roofs! Well done to all our volunteers for working so hard.