Trevor’s Week - February 22, 2012: Sandra donates portrait of fox

SANDRA Palme, professional wildlife artist, has drawn a fabulous fox portrait to help raise funds for East Sussex WRAS.

She will send it out to a person selected at random who donates on a special justgiving page set up to raise funds for East Sussex WRAS at www.justgiving.com/foxportrait.

You could be the owner of this unique picture which is 24cm by 32cm drawn in pastels on Sennelier Pastel Card and signed by the artist.

Sandra told WRAS, “This painting is supposed to make people smile – smile along with the little fox cub! He (yep, he’s a male I’ve decided) is an innocent baby who has not encountered humans yet, he’s exploring his world and enjoying his life.

“He’s happy. Hello world, here I come! I want people to look at the picture, enjoy the cuteness of the cub and image how he’s been running after the bumblebee.”

TALKING of foxes we have had a few to deal with this week. We currently have two in care, one with a slightly case of mange but caught inside a building and we still have the road casualty fox from the A259 near Eastbourne, which is recovering slowly.

Tony rushed out to one acting strangely in Heathfield but it disappeared before he arrived. It was possibly dazed and probably a road casualty.

EAST Sussex WRAS DVD review of 2011 is now available priced at just £5 + £1.75 p&p for each item. To order please send a cheque payable to ‘East Sussex WRAS’ to Kathy Martyn, c/o East Sussex WRAS, 18 Oakwood Drive, Uckfield, TN22 1XA. They are also available online via our Ebay shop - click on the link on our website www.wildlifeambulance.org.

The DVD includes a 50-minute feature on various rescues throughout 2011, plus a 12-minute feature on the story of Baby Button rescued in 2009, and a photo album & video clips of our patron and children’s TV and stage star Sarah Jane Honeywell supporting WRAS.

TWO kestrels have been in care this week. We still have the road casualty male from last week, but also a female kestrel found on the roadside by Plumpton College near Lewes.

We drove to the college to collect the bird which only stayed with us for 24 hours and was then fit and healthy enough to be returned and released by the church within the College grounds.

You can see video of this release and other rescues at our You Tube channel www.youtube.com/user/eastsussexwras.

WE HAVE managed to finish two new pens at our Casualty Centre this week. One outside pen is no longer usable due to the age of the walls and roof, so for their safety the hedgehogs have been moved out into the new pens. Thanks to Carpet Right in Uckfield for giving us a discount on the lino used within the pen.

If anyone has any old pig stys, outbuildings or land where we might be able to set up some outside pens and aviaries, please get in touch.

The site needs to be safe, no public access and you need to be happy for volunteers to come and go to feed and clean the cages as required

Ideally we are looking for somewhere in the Hailsham, Hellingly, Lower Dicker, Golden Cross, Whitesmith, and surrounding areas which is easily accessible for our volunteers.

A REMINDER about our Unusual Quiz Night at Berwick Village Hall, Station Road, Berwick, East Sussex, on March 3. It’s not your usual boring quiz, this is packed full of fun, with taste, sounds, touch and more! There is also a free meal, plus a bar.

Tickets are £10 per person and include free meal and entry to the quiz. Doors open at 7pm and it closes at 11pm. To book call 01825 873003 ask for Kate.

WE HAVE had a male and female chaffinch come into care this week from Chiddingly. They both flew into a window and were stunned on the floor. Sadly the female did not survive the head trauma, but the male made a full recovery and was returned at the weekend back to Chiddingly.

WE HAVE also had a pheasant come into care after being picked up by a train driver between Falmer and Lewes, as well as a few pigeons - including a youngster with a nasty head injury from outside the Lamb Inn in Eastbourne, He is recovering well and being hand-reared by Kate.

WE HAVE also had a swan attacked by a dog at Hampden Park last week. The swan was originally reported as being dead, so a report was placed with the council but a second caller confirmed it was alive.

So the swan was rescued and taken to WRAS’s Casualty Centre where the wound was cleaned and treated before being delivered up to the Swan Sanctuary at Shepperton for specialist help. The swan has two open wounds on his back and is unable to use one of his legs properly.

FINALLY we have a volunteer recruitment day on Saturday at the Casualty Centre at Whitesmith. We are looking for volunteers to help with three-four hour feed and clean shifts once a week, recruiting a new team of volunteers to help with the rearing of baby birds and mammals at the Casualty Centre covering early mornings and late evenings, plus recruiting new rescuers - all to be based at the Casualty Centre at Whitesmith.

For more information go along to the Recruitment Day this Saturday (February 25). Arrive on the hour (between 11am and 7pm) for a short presentation on WRAS’s work and then a discussion on the volunteering roles. The Casualty Centre in on the A22 at Whitesmith between Hailsham and East Hoathly, just south of Blackberry Farm Family Activity Centre, look out for the temporary sign.

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East Sussex WRAS 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