Trevor’s Week February 9, 2011

DO YOU have a bird table or feeders in your garden? If you do how often do you clean it? WRAS is urging people to clean their bird tables and feeders after a spate of garden birds being admitted suffering from coccidia which can easily be spread by unhygienic bird tables.

People who love wild birds may not realise the harm their bird feeders and tables could be causing.

Many enjoy watching garden birds visiting to take food from bird feeders and off tables but how often are they cleaned? In a restaurant you wouldn’t reuse a plate time and time without washing it.

You wouldn’t put cat or dog food down in a dirty bowl. The same goes for bird tables and feeders.

Every time you fill one up you should clean it first and at least once a week you should disinfect the feeder and table.

We have teamed up with Safe Solutions Ltd to give away 100 bottles to bird lovers on a first-come first- serve basis at The Quintins Shopping Centre, North Street, Hailsham, from 10am on Saturday, February 18. The bottles will be available to those who bring along a photo of them with their bird table or bird feeders.

This offer is limited to one per household whilst stocks last. The disinfectant is also available for sale via East Sussex WRAS’s eBay shop which is reach able via East Sussex WRAS’s website www.wildlifeambulance.org.

Thanks to Alan Dudley, managing director of Safe Solutions Limited, which donated the disinfectant for WRAS to hand out.

THE pheasant we had come in last week is doing remarkably well and due to be released this week. The sparrowhawk, now outside in our aviaries and doing well, should be released within the week.

THERE have been a number of road casualty foxes this week but unfortunately not very good outcomes either with such severe injuries. Luckily we have been able to reduce and stop their suffering - but so sad to deal with.

WE HAVE taken the keys to the upstairs of our neighbouring unit at Whitesmith this week. The space will initially be used for storage but we hope to expand the educational area and long term increase the area in which we can hospitalise casualties. We can’t do this without funds being available and are applying for grant applications.If anyone would like to get involved in helping organise and plan fun fund-raising events please contact me.

MOST of the hedgehogs we have had in care over the winter are coming on nicely. More than 20 of them are at our aviary site supposedly hibernating, though some have taken the opportunity to stay awake, partying and eating all the food whiletheir friends snooze away.

Little Max, who you may remember as the poorliest of three brothers who came from one of our volunteer’s gardens, is now 720g and hibernating. He was only 220g when he came in and very poorly with lungworm, taking weeks to gain weight.

Cinders, one of our most recent arrivals, was one of a number of youngsters who came in under 300g a month ago, he has been found to have only three legs. He is now 770g and about to go to into hibernation. These recent batch have done amazingly well gaining weight very quickly, and responding well to treatment.

IDENTIFYING what is wrong with them has been made far easier with the help of our donated microscope which allows us to work out which parasites they are suffering from and enables us to treat them faster and more effectively.