Trevor’s Week: Swans landing to graze on levels

WRAS had a call about these swans at Normans Bay, from a lady worried they couldn’t fly out of the small flooded field and that they had been there for a couple of days.

Despite knowing the field would be big enough, we attended anyway to check and ensure the swans were in good condition, fit and healthy, which they were.

We also checked the rest of the surrounding area in case we had the wrong location but this was the only flooded field in the area.

There are quite a few swans in various fields across the Pevensey Levels at the moment. It’s not uncommon for swans to land in fields as they are grazing birds.

As well as eating grass they will also fly into fields and eat crops like oil seed rape. They will often return to the same field day after day if the food source is good, flying in at dawn and flying out at dusk to avoid predators. We do occasionally find swans in fields where they have struck overhead cables.

We have had several emaciated birds in this week. Sadly many of them have not survived due to how severe the emaciation has been, with their digestive systems closing down. However, a couple of birds have done ok but are still on liquid feeds little and often.

Many of these birds are suffering from illnesses related to eating poor quality food which is contaminated causing various illnesses.

We have just launched our 2013 Grand Raffle. We are really pleased with the prizes which have been generously donated, ensuring that 100 per cent of the raffle money again this year goes directly to helping WRAS help sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

We would like to express our thanks to our sponsors who are The Real Eating Company, Lewes; Ghost Hunt Events Ltd; Bills Restaurant, Lewes; Yum Tum Ninja Restaurant, Brighton; Terre a Terre Restaurant, Brighton; Fishy Fishy Restaurant , Brighton and the Buxted Park Hotel near Uckfield.

The raffle will be running all year and additional tickets will be available at all WRAS’s events as well as from Paws and Claws Pet Shop in Olive’s Yard just off Uckfield High Street, as well as from WRAS’s Casualty Centre at Whitesmith too.