Trevor’s Week: Please think about the birds

Twinkle the seal
Twinkle the seal

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 is now got grey fluff on his back. The other baby with them which is a hatchling is from the previous week is about two-three days younger and is by far the strongest but the smallest of the lot.

Would you be interested in volunteering? Although many of our vital feed and clean shifts are up to strength now, we are very much in need to get the numbers up on our Saturday and Sunday morning and evening shifts and Tuesday morning shifts as they are below minimum levels even before we get busy in the autumn season. If we can’t get new people for these shifts we will have to restrict how many animals we can take in this winter. You can contact me on my e-mail at trevor@eastsussexwras.org.uk if interested.

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. T

his is a photo of Twinkle at Lewes a couple of years ago. 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 pleases with their response. Such a horrible incident must be taken seriously.