Trevor’s Week - August 24, 2011: Crunch your old car for cash!

A seal was seen at  Sovereign Harbour last week
A seal was seen at Sovereign Harbour last week
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WE HAVE had a lovely little baby bullfinch in this week, found at Laughton near Ringmer.

It is so difficult to tell the various baby birds apart sometimes – the key thing is to look at the beak shape, as this will tell you what type of food the bird is supposed to eat. So, even if we don’t know the exact species, we know what to feed it. As it grows, they start giving you more and more clues as to exactly which species they are and you can tailor the food accordingly.

Hedgehogs Jeffrey Archer and Ian Fleming were released last week in Eastbourne, while another, Beatrix Potter, was returned to Uckfield but finders are not responding so she has joined Kathy’s clan temporarily at her home.

Princess Leia and three of her hoglets have also been released in Uckfield.

Juliet Bravo the non-flying juvenile woodpigeon from Uckfield has moved from Kathy’s home to the centre – he has no bony injury but muscle wastage in his right wing, although we hope he will eventually be released.

Kathy has now gained a couple of very thin feral fledglings, Cagney and Lacey, who are gorgeous. Cagney has white feathered legs and other different colouring to a normal feral pigeon.

Carer Kate has been looking after Kojak the pigeon, who is an absolute little terror, for the past couple of weeks. He did have problems with his crop to begin with but that has all sorted itself out. He is a typical little pigeon, who keeps trying to ask another of the juvenile pigeons, Starsky, for food, thinking he is going to feed him!

Kate is also looking after Hutch, Starsky’s sibling, Potter, another almost weaned woody, and Dexter the collared dove. He is definitely the shy one of the group. All are on different feeds – some hourly, some every couple of hours and other less often, but they are a joy to watch and grow especially with all their different personalities.

Carer Sue had the amazing job of taking the swallows and housemartin she had reared and releasing them at Seaford Head this week. She was overjoyed to see them soar into the sky and join others in time for their rather long migration at the end of summer.

In case you haven’t gathered this month’s casualty theme is TV crime show characters!

We have had two emaciated sparrowhawks in this week, one from Seaford and another from Hailsham. Both were very underweight and rather weak. Despite force feeding them they did not improve and sadly did not make it.

As we go into the autumn, we will see more and more cases like this. Sadly by the time they are weak enough to be caught, it can be too late for us to save them. The stomach will be so painful that they do not want to eat any more and they spiral downhill.

It will mainly be birds and mammals who have left their parents and are struggling to look after themselves.

Are you thinking about scrapping a car or do you have a car taking up space which you don’t want any more? You might be able to help WRAS.

WRAS is asking the public to crunch their old cars for cash as part of a novel fundraising scheme run by the Giveacar social enterprise.

This is a simple and effective way of attracting a new source of donations as well as reducing the amount of unwanted or unused cars lying around. Win-win.

Unwanted cars are collected free-of-charge by Giveacar and either sold through an online auction, or disposed of in an environmentally friendly way at an authorised treatment facility.

Proceeds from the sale are donated to WRAS, with ‘bangers’ that are scrapped still netting between £40 and £160. The scheme is intended to discourage irresponsible owners who may consider abandoning their cars – spoiling the appearance of the local environment and also costing local taxpayers’ money to remove and dispose of them. All you need to do is visit www.giveacar.co.uk/charities/east-sussex-wras. Its that simple.

We had several calls last week about a seal visiting Sovereign Harbour. It appeared up on the mudflats several times. WRAS was asked by British Divers Marine Life Rescue to check out its condition but it was clear that it was an adult common seal in good form.

All our baby deer are doing well. Foster parent Chris has been working very hard to expand the deer paddock and we hope that the deer will go in there this week.

Only Del Boy, D’lilah and D’Sampson are on any form of treatment, but this shouldn’t be for much longer. Don’t forget you can make a donation to our Deer Appeal via www.justgiving.com/deerappeal.

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East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service is a voluntary organisation which relies on donations, receiving no funding from government or the RSPCA. Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact the treasurer at PO Box 2148, Seaford, BN25 9DE.

24-hour rescue line: 07815 078234 www.wildlifeambulance.org