Trevor’s Week: Goose gave us a run for our money

This has certainly been the busiest week for rescues in a long time so I would like to thank all our rescuers for working hard this week and for spreading the workload out, well done to everyone for all their help.

Tony and Dave went down to Hampden Park lake to deal with a Canada Goose on the island which was clearly very poorly.

Tony had to use a pump-up inflatable boat to get to the island. The goose gave him a bit of a run around but he managed it and the goose was rowed back to the bank for care.

The goose was very emaciated and its feather condition was quite poor too.

As we can’t release these geese back to the wild the goose was taken up to the swan sanctuary for treatment and to find a new home.

Our assistant manager Kate was allowed out of the centre this week to release two birds of prey back to the wild.

There was a kestrel and a sparrowhawk. Both of them have only been in for a fairly short period of time. One was from Herstmonceux and the other from Eastbourne District General Hospital.

You can find the video of these releases and other videos of our work at our You Tube page sussexwras.

Rescuer Jayden also released a little catted sparrow rescued a couple of weeks ago at The Holt in Hailsham, two pigeons back at Lottbridge Drove which were originally rescued with various trauma possible from either a hawk or cat.

It has been good to see so many casualties going back to the wild this week.

We have had quite a few other rescues to deal with week including a starling rescued from a chimney behind an electric fire in a house in Hampden Park.

The bird was easily caught and was released outside in the garden after a check over. There have also been various limping foxes in Eastbourne and Bexhill, a gull which needed rescuing from netting on a roof of some flats in Eastbourne which was rescued with the help of the fire brigade.

A poorly hedgehog was delivered across from Haywards Heath as well as one from near Northiam which was speared on a garden fork.

You may have seen our press release urging people to “Think Hedgehog” when clearly gardens or undergrowth and to check for hibernating hedgehogs.