Trevor’s Week - December 15, 2010

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SOME of our hedgehogs are now up to a suitable weight to hibernate, so they have been moved this week to outside pens where they can be encouraged to hibernate.

It is amazing that we are still receiving calls to hedgehogs as small as 200 grams.

A couple of the hedgehogs found during the snow a couple of weeks ago unfortunately did not survive.

PLUMPTON College Students Georgina and Rachel released a blackbird back into the wild last week.

The bird came into care after flying into a window in Deanland Lane, Ripe.

Our badger which was run over on Eastbourne Road, Willingdon, is improving slowly. She is now in an outside pen where she is being monitored to ensure she has full movement before being released.

The tawny owl from Uckfield, which came in during the snow is improving and at least eating for herself.

As long as the improvement continues she should be suitable for release this week.

THERE have been a number of swan call-outs this week.

One swan hit power cables near Pevensey recreation ground luckily the swan was not badly injured and after a short rest, and advice from the swan sanctuary, the swan was released. Several other swans were reported walking along roads at Normans Bay and Lewes.

Plus another swan near Seaford with a possible weakness in its wing which was not found.

We were also called down to Westham Pond again, to a swan with blood on his neck, we arrived within 30 minutes and the swan had disappeared.

ON FRIDAY last week we have had a white pigeon in from All Saints Churchyard in Lewes.

The bird was unable to fly when caught and is now in care.

We believe the bird may have flown into a vehicle or window. We also had a call to check on a hedgehogs in a shed in Seaford.

The large hedgehogs had made its nest under some large plastic outside furniture covers, using a plastic bag and shred insulating foam pipe covers.

The hedgehog was alive and curled up nicely and clearly trying to hibernate.

The finder had cut a hole in the end of plastic bag but by the time we arrived the hedgehog had cleverly and very neatly tucked the ends of the plastic bag back underneath to seal the end of the bag up. There were small holes in the bag elsewhere so the hedgehogs could breath easily.

WITH the Christmas period coming up we have several volunteers who are unable to help over the holidays, so we are looking for volunteers to help cover a few shifts over Christmas.

If you are able to help for about three hours on either a morning or last afternoon through to early evening then please contact us for more information.

WE ARE also running a Introduction to Wildlife Rescue training course at WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre on Tuesday 18 and Thursday January 20 between 6.30pm and 9.30pm.

For a donation of just £15 for the three hours.

I will be running the course designed for students and members of the public, as an introduction to the work and role of wildlife rescue, looking at the function of the wildlife rescuer and wildlife hospital cover the aim and objectives as well as looking at many of the reasons casualties come into care.

The course is ideal for young people interested in going into the animal welfare profession and to study animal related courses at college.

To book contact me via email on trevor@wildlifeambulance.org to book a place and receive directions or leave a message on 07931-523958 – please do not call this number for emergencies and rescues.