Please be careful with strimmers


The rescue of the week has to be this lovely little whitethroat which came into care from Eastbourne after being caught by a cat.

Luckily the injuries were minor so antibiotics were given and after a couple of days rest the bird was certainly ready for release and not suffering any adverse effects of from the cat. We only see one or two of these at the hospital a year.

It’s been yet another busy week for rescues as the warm weather encourages our wildlife to breed. All the animals and birds are much more active building nests and dens, as well as searching for food.

Calls come in throughout the day but we often get spates of calls either in the morning, or late afternoon into the evening, when it can get very busy.

Last weekend saw WRAS struggling to keep on top of the volume of call-outs.

Friday early evening through to Saturday night saw rescuers dealing with over 28 calls for help most of which required on site help.

These calls included a catted goldfinch in East Dean, two gulls trapped in netting at Hastings Direct in Bexhill, a strimmered hedgehog in Westham, an injured gull in Seaford, a road casualty fox in Langney, an injured wood pigeon at Seaford Library, an injured pigeon in Eastbourne, a catted wood pigeon in Uckfield, an injured baby rabbit dragging its back legs in Hankham as well as an injured baby white pigeon at the same address, a grounded Pippistrelle bat in Chiddingly, a road casualty gull at Arlington, a road casualty gull in Hailsham, a bird stuck in a chimney in Seaford as well as one in Eastbourne, a limping fox in Lewes, and a road casualty Pheasant at Berwick just to name a few!

Please, please, please be careful before using a strimmer, garden fork or other such lethal weapon in your garden.

Please check for animals who may be curled up in the undergrowth, long grass, leaves, etc. One of our released hogs has come back into care after being caught by a strimmer.

The owners of the release site haven’t used a strimmer so the hedgehog must have been wandering into a nearby garden where one has been used. The poor chap had only been free for two weeks.

If you find an injured hog, or one out in daylight, or you are ringing for advice about one you can see, please place it in a secure box which it can’t tip over or crawl out of, bring it inside and call for advice, please do not rely on facebook or e-mail please ring for advice.