Trevor’s Week (June 27th): Rescuers help free badgers trapped after embankment fall

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TWO baby wood pigeons have been admitted into the centre this week, both of them about two-three days old when found. One was picked up by a dog and is badly bruised but is certainly fighting.

We have had a number of fledgling and adult pigeons which have been caught by cats and dogs.

One terrier-attacked adult called Woody, from Uckfield, came in having lost all of his tail feathers and most of his wing feathers too – but is responding to treatment well.

WRAS volunteers Sean and Chris took a couple of our feral pigeons out for release last week, both having come from Eastbourne.

STUART, Tony and Claire undertook a rescue in Hastings after two badgers fell down an embankment into a basement area and were unable to climb back out.

They were monitored by the finder for a couple of hours in the morning but it was clearly that their attempts to escape were not working.

Our rescuers were able to catch both badgers, one thought to be this year’s young and the other a one-two year-old.

They were delivered back to WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre where they were bedded down for the day and then returned that night where a neighbour allowed us access to their steps leading to the top of the embankment.

THREE greater spotted woodpecker juveniles came in last week from different locations. They were all window strikes too.

Sadly one did not survive, one made a really good recovery and was released where found at Carters Corner, and a third is still in care, but has a weak wing.

EASTBOURNE Borough Council has been in touch over the past few weeks concerned about a female mallard nesting next to the old fish pond at the Wish Tower Café on Eastbourne Seafront.

The council have been very concerned for the welfare for the duck and what would happen once the eggs hatch.

As all nesting birds are protected under the Countryside and Wildlife Act we were not able to step in and move her.

We advised the council to speak direct to Natural England, which is part of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which confirmed that the council would have to wait until after the ducklings hatched.

On Sunday we received the call to say the ducklings had hatched and were in the old fish pond.

On welfare grounds the ducklings could not stay in the water so mum and all the babies were caught and relocated to a safe site where they were all released together where they would not come to any harm.

EVE the deer has been moved into the outdoor paddock over the weekend. It was rather nerve-wracking moving her again, and our vet Simon came down so we could sedate her and move her calmly without causing her any distress.

She came around from the medication really well and is now confined to a large overgrown paddock where she can hide and graze and start her journey back to the wild.

I WOULD like to thank everyone at Hailsham and Hellingly Ladies Club who have donated a fabulous £60 to WRAS plus lots of bedding and papers.

Many thanks to them and also to the very kind and caring nuns of St Margaret’s Convent, Uckfield, who have given us an extremely generous donation of £50 after calling us out to a severely injured wood pigeon in their porch.

They had been trying to get help for it since 4.30pm from various organisations after being told of its plight by local schoolchildren who were very upset after finding it.

The nuns kindly stayed up to ensure the pigeon was safely collected by us as they were so concerned it get it help. Sadly the pigeon had severe internal trauma and bruising to its neck and spine.

A KESTREL had to be rescued at Newhaven Harbour after hitting the rigging on a boat and falling into the mud.

The bird was taken back to WRAS’s Casualty Centre were it was medicated and settled down.

Once the injuries were looked at further we decided to take the bird to RSPCA Mallydams for their vets to assess as our bird of prey aviary and pens were all in use.

AS SOME may have heard, a bird used as a ball by a group of teenagers in Newhaven is recovering at our centre.

A local resident contacted WRAS after taking a fledgling Dunnock away from a group of teenagers, in Gibbon Road, Newhaven, who had been using the bird as a ball and throwing it around to each other.

The frightened bird was taken to WRAS carer Carrie Grace who nursed it overnight before admitting it to Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith, where the bird is now being cared for by assistant manager Kate Cuddis.

This act is despicable and I urge anyone who witnessed this event to report the persons involved to Sussex Police.

When birds leave the nest they all spent time hopping around on the ground, building up the muscle strength before being able to fly.

During this time they are vulnerable and but should be left alone unless in the middle of a road for example.

WRAS’s Casualty Centre is running between 90-100 per cent capacity at the moment and volunteers are working long hours trying to keep up with the workload.

We really need the public’s help if we are going to continue taking in this volume of casualties.

With rising costs of veterinary and medical supplies plus the high costs of fuel, utility bills, food and more we need more support.

Taking out a standing order to give just £1 or £2 a month will made a huge difference to WRAS and help us budget for the future and make us more financially secure and able to take in more casualties.

WRAS is not that big nor a rich organisation, but it achieves big things and good results providing a high level of care to wildlife casualties.

These creatures do not have pet insurance to pay for their care nor owners to look after them but they do have WRAS.

You can also now make donations over the phone on 01825 873003.