Trevor’s Week - February 7, 2012: The day when TV’s Dick and Dom visited WRAS

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WHAT a great evening on Saturday at WRAS’s Unusual Quiz Night at Berwick Village Hall.

There was a large turnout, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, thank you to Brian for sorting out the food and to WRAS volunteers Kathy, Kate, Monica, Carrie, Sean and Grant for helping.

Thank you to everyone who came along and made the night so enjoyable. Once we have added and subtracted the figures we will let you know how well we did. Also a big thank you to the Wishing Well Tea Rooms at Wilmington for providing prizes for the winners.

Last week WRAS was featured on the CBBC channel on Dick and Dom Go Wild. Last year two children from the Midlands came down and spent time filming with WRAS helping a spotted woodpecker, a fox and two baby deer. It was a great programme and you can catch it on the BBC iPlayer.

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We had four baby squirrels come into care. We were asked to take them on at the end of last week. Debs from Wildlife A&E is kindly rearing them for WRAS, along with Teddy the fox cub from last week.

Little Teddy is doing well and putting on weight. She has had her staples removed and the nasty gash on her side has healed well.

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I have done a couple of talks this week and raised £55 from the Pevensey & Westham Wives Group, and £40.50 a talk at Risingholm Court, Heathfield.

Local residents and volunteers from WRAS and Jessie’s Trust are involved in helping to move migrating toads on the historic toad migration route between Friston Forest to the Cuckmere Valley. Additional volunteers are needed to help with toad patrols. Please contact Naomi by email at: arialle27@yahoo.co.uk or call 486880 to find out more.

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We are holding a premier of our WRAS 2011 Rescue DVD on Saturday, March 24 at Berwick Village Hall. There are two screenings one at 3pm and again at 7pm. The main feature is about 50 minutes long and looks back over 2011 at some of the main rescues and incidents dealt with.

There will also be a 12-minute feature on ‘The Story of Baby Button’ who was a baby fallow deer rescued by WRAS on a very cold frosty night in October 2009, who survived frost bite, nasty ligature wounds and haemorrhagic enteritis.

Entry is free, but we just ask for donations to be made.

You can also purchase a copy of the DVD for £5, which includes a photo album and footage of WRAS’s Patron and Children’s TV star Sarah Jane Honeywell.

There will be refreshments available and a bar too. Around the hall will be a display of WRAS’s work and some of WRAS’s educational materials, including the wildlife landscape train set model, giant word search and jigsaw puzzle.

Please come along and support WRAS at either the 3pm session or the 7pm session on Saturday March 24. Berwick Village Hall is only five-minute walk north of Berwick Railway Station.

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So far this year we have had an amazing eight baby collared doves in already. The collared dove only came to the UK from Europe in the 1950s and have not yet adapted to our climate so breed all year round.

Sadly this means that any youngsters that hatch during the Winter months suffer from calcium deficiency as the parents aren’t able to give them enough good nutrition. It is almost guaranteed that any young dove found on the ground at this time of year will need to come into care even if the parents appear to still be feeding it, as it will be too weak to survive.

Even a fairly large young collared dove is identifiable as it will not have its distinctive black collar on its neck, or it may be just starting to show through.

The youngsters in need of help may still have a little fluff on their feathers, but most distinctively their tail, and sometimes wing feathers will still be ‘in pin’, which is when the plastic like sheath is still covering or partially covering the feathers.

They will also have very rubbery beaks and may be weak on their legs. If you find a dove like this please bring it in somewhere warm with a covered water bottle and towels to nestle on to, then call us for help. We have just released our first two young doves of the year Coutts and Woohoo.

Sadly we had two little ones who didn’t make it – Valentine and Cookie, but Kathy now has Hope, Madness and Joy that she is rearing as well as latest arrival little Bob weighing just 80g.

We have also released a number of feral pigeons this week with the nice weather we have had.

Kate still has Headache a young feral pigeon found with a very nasty head injury who is doing well, Miracle the baby feral pigeon found in the snow at Haywards Heath Railway Station has done very well and is now in our indoor aviary with other ferals awaiting release.

Carrie is also rearing a baby wood pigeon called Magic our first of the year.

We had a second very small young hedgehog in this week, just 290g, so must have been born at the end of the year. Sadly he didn’t make it but the other young hog we had a few weeks ago of the same size is now thriving and around 450g.

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Lewes Waitrose has chosen East Sussex WRAS as one of their community charities for March, so as of Thursday you will be able to shop there and use your green tokens to vote for WRAS!

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Just a quick reminder of the dates for our Waterfowl Awareness Training Course; Wednesday, March 7 at 7pm- 9.30pm, Thursday, March 15 at 7pm- 9.30pm and Tuesday, April 10 at 1pm- 3.30pm.

The course costs just £8 per person, but additional donations are very much appreciated. 100 per cent of the proceeds go directly to help WRAS help wildlife in need.

Please help spread the word and pass this on to others. To book please call 01825 873003.

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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