Trevor’s Week - February 1, 2012: Give injured animals a chance

MOST people don’t realise that the majority of white doves flying around are actually white pigeons; we had one such pigeon come into care last week.

The wounds to its back look very nasty at first, but once cleaned up they were fairly superficial with just a couple of small puncture marks.

The pigeon is thought to have been caught by a bird of prey but escaped. Now in care, the pigeon’s wounds are healing and we hope he will make a full recovery.

We have continued to receive numerous calls about foxes this week. Most of the calls are about limping foxes, but we have had a few more serious calls to collapsed foxes.

One fox with an anal gland infection is currently in care, but we also think she may have been a road casualty too. She is in care at the moment and we are working hard to save her.

We have also had a road casualty badger to deal with, a couple of hedgehogs, pigeons and a small mouse, to name a few.

Although the number of call-outs we are receiving is low at this time of year there is so much other work we need to undertake.

If you do find an animal with injuries of any kind, do not leave it ‘under a hedge’ as it will suffer a horrible slow death.

Please call for advice, either stay with it and wait for a rescue organisation to arrive, or secure it in a box and take it into a local vet if safe to do so.

An animal will undoubtedly suffer if left, whereas by calling for help you can give it a chance, or at least stop it from suffering further.

Most people think my role is all glamour, racing round undertaking exciting rescues and getting to see wildlife most other people don’t normally get to see. However there is much more to it than that; giving talks, presentations, arranging fundraising, managing volunteers and casualties, managing food, veterinary and cleaning supplies, plus writing newsletters, health and safety documents, interviewing and inductions of volunteers, formulating plans and grant applications, costing out work, liaising with the treasurer and sorting out finances, plus answering letters and e-mails.

These are all vital part of being able to help the casualties. Without funding, volunteers and suitable facilities and supplies we would not be able to help the wildlife which needs us.

We have various events coming up this year to help raise funds for wildlife casualties and we really need your help and support.

The first event is another of our Unusual Quiz Nights at Berwick Village Hall on March 3. The last one was a great evening and very enjoyable.

Berwick Village Hall is only a five minute walk north of Berwick Railway Station, which is just north of the A27 Drusillas Roundabout west of Polegate.

Doors open at 7pm, tickets are £10 per person for the evening and includes free entry to the unusual quiz, and free food is provided too.

The “Unusual Quiz” is a great event for teams of up to four people and involves the senses taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing, so no boring questions!

The last one was great fun and thoroughly enjoyable. It is best to book tickets in advance which you can do by calling Kate Cuddis on 01825-873003 or 07540644131 to book.

A limited number of tickets will be available on the door for £12.50. We have also applied for a bar licence too. It should be a great evening.

We are continuing to do work at the Casualty Centre to expand and improve the facilities so we really appreciate any support towards our work so we can complete the centre and our expansion plans.

Now the centre has been open for almost 18 months we are also starting a programme of redecorating.

This year we aim to establish an x-ray room and operating theatre, but this will involve relocating a couple of the casualty rooms and the volunteer area to new parts of the building which we are currently working hard to complete.

We need all the help we can and any financial support or practical help with building and DIY work would be very much appreciated.

We are preparing ourselves for possible snow this week and next, I am hoping it won’t snow otherwise I’ll be sleeping at the centre again like last year.

If it does snow, please don’t forget to put a little bit of food out for our visiting wildlife, they all deserve a bit of extra care during the hard weather.

Don’t forget you can order food via Ark Wildlife and help raise funds for WRAS by mentioning our charity when you order from them. There is a link to them on our website.


East Sussex WRAS is a voluntary organisation which relies on donations, receiving no funding from government or the RSPCA. Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact the treasurer at PO Box 2148, Seaford, BN25 9DE.

24-hour rescue line: 07815 078234