Owl alert - as one moves to new aviary, new casualty arrives

Crashed swan
Crashed swan

Our long term Tawny Owl casualty has finally been moved to an outside aviary this week at Lewes. He is the first casualty to use our new aviary which has kindly been funded by the Edna Smylie Memorial Trust.

Amazingly within days of him going outside we were called out to another Tawny Owl. The call came in just after midnight. The finder picked up the owl on the A22 at Golden Cross and took it home to Maynards Green, where we attended on site. The owl is now at the Casualty Centre, sleeping the incident off with the help of some medication.

WRAS has been nominated for the “Small Charity of the Year” Award in the British Animal Honours 2013 which is a brand new ITV event celebrating the achievements of the country’s most extraordinary animals and the people who work with them. The event will be filmed in front of a live audience and hosted by Paul O’Grady. I will be attending the event along with my partner and WRAS’s Volunteer Co-ordinator Kathy Martyn, WRAS’s Assistant Casualty Care Centre Managers Kate Cuddis and Lindsay Redfern.

The programme will be filmed at the Elstree Studios, Borehamwood on Thursday 11th April. The transmission date is April 18 between 8-10pm on ITV.

We had a swan crash land in Astaire Avenue, Eastbourne. He was not seriously injured but it was unusual for an adult to crash at this location without some form of a reason. T

here was a lump on the back of the neck which turned out to be an air gun pellet, but it had been there for a while and certainly wasn’t the cause of the crash.

After 48 hours at the Casualty Centre the swan was fit enough to be released.

A rather unusual visitor is with us at the moment - a stoat.

He was found in near Selmeston rather confused and his tongue hanging out. It looks as if he might have bitten his tongue after being hit by a car.

Amazingly his injuries are fairly minor. He is being treated and well looked after, but not out of the woods yet. Fingers crossed he will make a full recovery at our Casualty Centre.

We are holding our Easter Fair at the Clinton Centre, opposite Barclays Bank on the A259 in the middle of Seaford Town Centre on April 13. Doors open at 9.30am until 2pm. There will be various jumble and bric-a-brac stalls, but also refreshments and WRAS goods for sale too.