Water buffalo get stocked up on food for winter

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Wild animals living on marshland in Eastbourne will be fed throughout the winter thanks to a firework party.

The extravaganza was held on land opposite West Rise Junior School in Sevenoaks Road and thanks to a sponsorship deal with Eastbourne cab firm Sussex Cars, raised £2,220.

The cash has been handed over to West Rise School which looks after water buffalo and other wildlife on more than 120 acres of marshland opposite the school buildings.

The school leased the land, also the site of the second largest Bronze Age settlement in Europe, four years ago as part of an outdoor learning programme and farm project.

Since then pupils have appeared on BBC and ITV television news and on the front page of the Times Educational Supplement for innovative projects such as fire making, Bronze Age coracle sailing, fishing and rearing of their herd of Asian Water Buffalo.

The Marsh Project has required additional funding from Natural England, local businesses and private donations.

This year Sussex Cars sponsored the firework display on the marshland after an appeal by the school farm manager Alex Richards.

The profit from the event will go towards the upkeep of the marshland and feed the water buffalo throughout the winter.

A spokesperson from the school said, “Everyone at the school would like to thank Chris Islip of Sussex Cars for his wonderful support for the school and his vision for the fireworks display.

“Without his help the fireworks event would not have been possible.”

Hundreds of people attended the event at the end of October which despite the rain was a huge success.

Chris said, “We are happy the money will feed the water buffalo throughout the winter.”