PRESS RELEASE JUNE 2019 – HERRING GULL SHOT

A lady going past on the beach saw an injured gull and took it to West Beach Cafe, Littlehampton for assistance, where it was put in a box. Liz and Matt Courts who run the cafe contacted West Sussex Wildlife Protection and one of the volunteers collected it taking it to Alphapet Vets at West meads , Bognor , where it was Euthanized due to its injuries on head and wing, it was later discovered on Post Mortem it had been shot. WSWP have reported this Wildlife Offence to the Police as Herring Gulls are  fully protected and on the Red Endangered List. They also ask that members of the public contact Police if they see anyone shooting Wildlife.

Herring gull caught in crabbing bait line lucky to survive

 West Sussex Wildlife Protection

Press Release      03 June 2019

West Sussex Wildlife Protection received a call on Sunday 2nd June from “Pat” a holiday visitor from London about a herring gull weighted down with an object and line in the river Arun opposite the pier at Littlehampton.  Pat said his conscience would not allow him to leave without informing somebody.

Wildlife rescuer, Simon Wild visited the site but realised a conventional net was not long enough and so contacted his wife Jaine, a Felpham Parish Councillor.  She suggested some bean poles from her allotment lashed up to the net might work.  By chance, one allotment holder had an 8 foot long metal pole weighing down a plastic sheet, and this was “borrowed.”

Lashed up, the pole and net were over 10 feet long, and a man on the

 pier opposite could be heard to shout “no way” as the rescue was underway with Mrs Wild holding onto her husband’s legs to prevent him falling in.   After two failed attempts the bird got to safety and once the line was removed from its neck, he was released unscathed.  The metal pole was returned and the allotment holder was none the wiser!

Jane Wild  from WSWP said: “There is always a risk of people losing baited lines in the Arun and not being able to retrieve them.  These lines then prove a menace to wild birds and I would rather people stop this practice.”

 

BORN FREE FUNDS RESCUE EQUIPMENT

Born Free Foundation Horsham ,have supported us in giving us a f500 grant for rescue equipment for two new rescuers. Thanks to them we were able to buy two new rescue cages and two new catching poles and two new catching nets, handling gloves and visibility vests which we have given to Catherine and Keith.

We thank Tarnya Knight and Born Free for supporting us and we know that it will make a great difference to helping the animals in distress . We are really appreciative of all our Volunteers who get a phone call from us asking for help. We now have our rescuers strategically placed in =

Bognor Regis Becky, Hayling lsland John and Sue, Littlehampton Tom, Midhurst Steve, Pagham Keith, Plaistow John, Portsmouth Lynn and Val, Selsey Jae, and Worthing Carol and Catherine.

Below is Catherine and Keith with their new equipment.

Many Many Thanks to BORN FREE for all your
continued support over the Years !

Spring Newsletter 2019 – Rescue Diary

SPRING NEWSLETTER 2019

DIARY since last newsletter Winter 2018. PTS=put to sleep, DOA= dead on arrival, RTA= road traffic accident, PM= post mortem.

NOVEMBER       2018

  1. Fox not well needing trapping, Crawley, John Yates to deal with it.
  2. Fox with mouth ‘brown and bobbled’, Havant, medication sent
  3. Sick fox in garden, Fareham, Val Perryman to go to it.
  4. Young hedgehog out in garden , daytime, Horsham, John to deal with it.
  5. Deer with a limp in garden, Bishops Waltham, advice given
  6. Fox head on one side and mange, Gosport, Val to deal with it , needs trapping
  7. Fox not well, Priory School, Southsea, Simon went but fox too lively ran away
  8. Badger found dead in field, man concerned, Guildford, advice given and contacts.

DECEMBER

  1. Fox with serious mange 80% fur left, Havant. Medication sent trapping needed.
  2. Wood pigeon injured, Middleton on sea, Jaine collected took to Alphapet.
  3. Pigeon injured, Shoreham, Catherine collected bird , taken to Grove Lodge vet.
  4. Fox with mange and urinating blood, Ford Industrial Estate, Jaine and Simon left cage and pole to catch fox. Fox caught that day, SW and JW collected fox took to Alphapet, blood count low, infection and bad condition, PTS.
  5. Greater Black backed gull with wing torn, Bognor Regis. Helen Luff attended took to Alphapet.
  6. Fox with mange, Gosport, advice given
  7. Deer limping, East Grinstead, advice given.
  8. Herring gull injured, Bognor Regis, advice given and taken to Alphapet.
  9. Fox injured, Havant, Simon attended but phoned half way that RSPCA had arrived.

JANUARY  2019

  1. Fox laying in garden, Aldwick, Simon attended, fox ran off.
  2. Fox with mange, Lee on Solent, medication sent .
  3. Fox with mange, Portsmouth, medication sent.
  4. Fox with mange, Bognor Regis, Medication sent
  5. Fox poorly near church, Storrington, Simon attended left pole and cage there to catch. ( later found dead)
  6. Sick adult herring gull in garden, cant stand, Jaine and Simon took to Alphapet
  7. Someone concerned about badgers and a Network Rail Clearance work
  8. Fox with injured leg, Felpham, advice given , will trap if needed.
  9. Woman concerned fox will get her dog, Rose Green, Simon gave advice
  10. Fox unwell in garden, Cowplain, Val to attend
  11. Lady with badgers in her garden, Sompting, advice given
  12. Man concerned with swan and blood on neck, Henfield, Simon attended couldn’t find swan.
  13. Fox living in dog kennel at house, Pagham, has limp, medication sent and consider trapping if worse.
  14. Injured fox with possible broken jaw and bad leg, Billingshurst, Simon asked for video, passed to Richard Edwards, Alphapet recommended Soft feeding , monitor situation.

FEBRUARY

  1. Injured swan with bad leg, Nyetimber, captured by Jaine and Simon taken to Alphapet and then later Brent Lodge.
  2. Fox not well in garden, Pagham, RSPCA came out and fox PTS.
  3. Man worried his terriers might get a fox from a fox earth in his garden, Bognor Regis, advice given
  4. Fox in alley in Littlehampton, not well, injured foot, Jaine and Simon captured, taken to Alphapet, fracture and infection PTS.
  5. Fox with bad mange, Horsham, medication arranged.
  6. Injured fox, not well at all, Bracklesham Bay, taken to Alphapet by Jae Wilkes, went downhill on journey PTS.
  7. Fox with leg injury, Chichester, advice given.
  8. Fox injured in garden, Wickham. John and Sue Cudmore attended and took to Alphapet, sadly neurological problems, couldn’t stand and eyes bad so PTS.
  9. Fox stuck between fencing and a Car Port, Felpham, Jaine attended lifted fence panelling and fox escaped.
  10. Badger digging up lawn, Gosport, Advice given.
  11. Badger in garden, Herts Badger Group, advice given
  12. Fox with leg injury, Pulborough Brooks, advice given , warden to put up trail camera.
  13. Blackbird injured, Chichester, Simon took to Alphapet.
  14. Pigeon with broken jaw, Bognor Regis, Becky took to Alphapet

MARCH

  1. Badger RTA, Pagham
  2. Information re Man drowning squirrels, Horsham. Advice given to contact RSPCA and Police as offence under Animal Welfare Act.
  3. Pigeon injured, East Preston, Simon attended took to Alphapet.
  4. Fox not well , captured in flat, Chichester. Simon took to Alphapet, blood tests showed kidney failure PTS.
  5. Wood pigeon hit conservatory, Felpham, Simon took to Alphapet.
  6. Fox very ill in garden, Bognor Regis, Simon took to Alphapet, PTS
  7. Fox injured middle of road, Barnham, Simon went but could not find fox.
  8. Badger stuck in a hedge of garden, Midhurst, Jaine and Simon attended, tried to capture badger but too lively, had old wound on neck, so opened up fencing and left food for him to escape.
  9. Fox seriously ill in garden lying on his side, Horsham, Simon and Tarnya from Born Free involved in this rescue, sadly fox died before getting to vet.
  10. Lady phoned from Yorkshire she wanted advice regarding dead badger found in her garden.
  11. Pigeon squab fallen out of a nest , Covers Bognor Regis, Simon took it to Alphapet.
  12. Badger in Kent RTA dragged itself away, Lady concerned , we gave details of Kent Badger Group.
  13. Injured Fox at Cosham, advice given and lady to find where it went.
  14. Badger injured , Arundel Park. Simon attended DOA, injuries due to badger fighting.
  15. Advice needed on sett destruction, Brighton, given to Catherine and Tony Slow
  16. Fox very poorly in garden, Bognor Regis , Simon attended but fox had gone.
  17. Fox in garden with bad leg, Felpham, Advice given
  18. Fox limping in garden, Bognor Regis, advice given
  19. Lady concerned about hole in garden, thinks it badger sett, Denmead, advice given
  20. Badger injured , Fittleworth, given to Tina , taken to Alphapet PTS fight injuries.

Winter Newsletter 2018 – Rescue Diary

WINTER NEWSLETTER 2018 – WSWP RESCUES.

DIARY since last newsletter Spring 2018.
PTS= put to sleep, DOA= dead on arrival, RTA= road traffic
accident, PM= post mortem.

APRIL
1. 3 foxes with mange, Portsmouth, medication arranged.
2. Bird injured nr Harting, lady to take to Alphapet.
3. Badger in garden, East Sussex, advice given
4. Male swan attacked and killed by dog, N Bersted, see article.
5. Development over Badger sett, Haywards Heath, Council contacted
6. Badger RTA, West Stoke.
7. Badger advice given, Mannings Heath.
8. Fox with tear on face, Portsmouth, advice given.
9. Fox with foot injury, Waterlooville, trap to be put down.
10. Duck and 12 ducklings , in garden Middleton, Jaine and Simon released in Rife.
11. Kestrel injured, Partridge Green, taken to vet PTS.
12. Fox with necrosis on leg, Eastney, John and Sue Cudmore attended, PTS.
13. Badger walked into Petworth Antique Shop, Simon attended. Bad infection , injury PTS.
14. Hedgehog not well, Barns Green, John Yates attended.
15. Herring gull broken wing, Felpham, SW took Alphapet PTS.
16. Wild rabbit advice given, area unknown
17. Vixen with mange, Slindon, medication arranged.
18. Gulls nesting and pest proofing being done , advice given.
19. Injured fox cub, Porchester, Val Perrymen attended, PTS.
20. Tamarisk hedge being removed while foxes living there, Jaine / Simon attended.
21. Fox with mange, Bognor, jaine / Simon attended
22. Abandoned fox cub, Ferring. Jaine took to Alphapet, fox anaemic. Ill, fleas.
23. Dove injured, Selsey, Jae Wilkes took Alphapet.

MAY
24. Gull injured , Pagham, Simon attended could not find bird.
25. Hedgehog, eye injury, Middleton, to Alphapet PTS , no eye and RTA injuries.
26. Fox cub tapping on door at night, Worthing, advice given.
27. Duck and ducklings on ornamental pond, Itchenor, advice given.
28. Magpie fledgling abandoned, Worthing, Simon attended , to Brent Lodge,
29. Deer stuck in fence, Chichester, Jaine/ Simon attended could not find deer.
30. Pets at Home . Portfield want advice on voles.
31. Deer stuck in brambles, Longfurlong, see article.
32. Baby blackbird abandoned, Burgess Hill, John Yates to attend.
33. Fox killed gull, advice given.
34. Hedgehog advice give, Haywards Heath.
35. Roof builders disturbing gull nest, Pagham, Police contacted.
36. Bird stuck in chimney, Lindfield, John attended.
37. Swan rescue needed, Crawley, John attended.
38. Young badger living in out house, Lodsworth, advice given.
39. Baby bird, Worthing, Cathy attended, kept overnight , taken to Brent lodge.
40. Bird trapped behind gas meter, Kingley Gate, escaped while on phone to her.
41. Fox family scared from garden, cubs displaced. Portsmouth, advice given.
42. Fox cub gasping, Worthing, Becky and Kat attended, advice given.
43. Gull laying eggs in flowerpot, Bognor, advice given.
44. Gull now laying eggs on ground, Bognor see article.
45. RTA squirrel, Ford, Simon attended sadly DOA.
46. Duck and 9 ducklings on road Chichester, JW/SW attended released Chichester canal.
47. Fox cub tail missing, Barnham, advice given.
48. Jay caught by string in tree , Felpham, JW took Alphapet, broken leg, PTS.
49. Fox with bad leg, Cosham, advice given.
50. Fox and cubs with mange, Fareham, medication arranged.
51. Starling trapped in chimney, Middleton, JW/SW attended and bird freed.
52. Fox cub concern, Portsmouth, Val attended.
53. Pigeon injured wing, Worthing, Carol attended , taken to Alphapet.

JUNE
54. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, JW/SW put back
55. Fox injured pad, Goring, advice given.
56. Fox RTA, Goring , Simon attended, sadly DOA.
57. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, SW put back.
58. Fox with leg in air, Portsmouth, advice given.
59. GULL OFF ROOF, Middleton, SW put back, later took to Brent Lodge.
60. 3 baby blackbirds disturbed, Worthing , Kat collected taken to Brent Lodge.
61. Fox injured, Fareham, advice given.
62. Jay fledgling found by dog, Loxwood, John attended.
63. Fox cub hanging around warehouse, Ford, advice given.
64. GULL OFF ROOF, N Bersted, SW put back.
65. Deer in garden, Pagham, SW attended.
66. Rabbit caught by dog, felpham, taken to Alphapet.
67. Fox with broken leg, Pagham, Trap set.
68. Just hatched baby lapwing, 9pm, Rolls Royce , Chichester sadly died overnight.
69. Injured starling, N Bersted, SW attended 9pm died overnight.
70. GULL chick trapped in gutter, Bognor, Simon attended took to Brent Lodge.
71. RTA deer , Chichester, JW/SW attended looked for 2 hours no deer.
72. Injured fox, Haywards Heath, John Yates to attend.
73. Coot with wire in mouth, Chichester Canal, JW/Sw attended no coot seen.
74. Lone duckling , Burger King, Bognor, SW attended no duckling seen.
75. Fox limping, Selsey, advice given.
76. Fox with mange, Bognor, trap to be set.
77. Fox advice needed, N Bersted.
78. Catted pigeon, Rustington, SW took to Alphapet.
79. Young Baby cygnet abandoned, Chichester Marina, see article.
80. Pets at Home , Hove with injured gull, Sue Dickens attended.
81. Fox with mange, Fareham, medication arranged.
82. Injured hedgehog, East Preston, advice given.
83. Nestling fallen out nest, Felpham, advice given.
84. GULL OFF ROOF, Felpham, taken Brent Lodge.
85. Young blackbird injured, Felpham, taken to Alphapet.
86. Pigeon injured, felpham, taken to Alphapet.
87. GULL OFF ROOF, Aldwick, JW /SW put back
88. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, JW/SW put back

JULY
89. Fox injured, East Wittering, John and Sue attended, fox escaped.
90. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor , JW/SW put back
91. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor , SW took Alphapet.
92. GULL OFF ROOF , Bognor. JW/SW put back.
93. GULL OFF ROOF, Rustington 8pm, JW/SW put back. See article on gulls.
94. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor , JW/SW put back
95. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, JW/SW put back.
96. GULL OFF ROOF, Littlehampton, SW/JW attended taken to Brent Lodge
97. Fox with mange, Bognor , medication arranged.
98. Hedgehog with broken leg, Chichester, taken to Alphapet.
99. Fox with mange, Pagham, Medication arranged.
100. Concern over Red Kite Fledgling drinking from water trough, West Dean, advice
given.
101. Duckling found, Felpham, Taken to Brent Lodge.
102. GULL OFF ROOF, Littlehampton, taken to Brent Lodge.
103. Fox coughing badly, Littlehampton, advice given.
104. Fox on building site with mange, Portsmouth, medication arranged.
105. GULL chick , broken wing, Littlehampton, taken to Alphapet.
106. Badger RTA, East Marden, head injury maggots , JW/SW took to Alphapet.
107. GULL OFF ROOF, Littlehampton, advice given
108. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, flew back on own.
109. GULL OFF ROOF, Felpham, JW/SW put back.
110. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, JW/SW put back.
111. Fox with mange, Arundel, medication arranged.
112. GULL OFF ROOF, Middleton, JW/SW put back
113. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor JW/SW attended DOA catted.
114. GULL OFF ROOF, Middleton, JW/SW put back
115. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, SW put back.
116. GULL OFF ROOF, Middleton, SW put back.
117. Bird catted, beak injury, Kat took to Grove Lodge, PTS possible crossbill?
118. Adult gull RTA, Bognor , JW/SW took to Alphapet.
119. Gull caught in netting B&Q Bognor, JW/SW attended.
120. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, JW/SW put back.
121. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor JW/SW put back.
122. GULL OFF ROOF, then flew away .
123. 2 GULLS OFF ROOF, Bognor, JW/SW put back see article.
124. Fox with mange, Pagham, Medication sent.
125. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, SW went.
126. Injured Gull, Felpham, SW took to Alphapet.
127. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor , SW Put back.
128. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, SW/JW put back.
129. Hedgehog injured , Cuckfield, John attended.
130. Bognor Station, injured seagull, SW took to Alphapet.
131. Gull relocation, Littlehampton, Sw attended.
132. Badger RTA, West Chiltington, Vince and Tina attended.
133. GULL attacking Dog, Felpham , SW attended.
134. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, JW/SW put back.
135. GULL OFF ROOF, Allotment , Bognor JW/SW attended.
136. Hedgehog with dog going to attack it, E Grinstead, advice given.
137. Hedgehog advice needed, Slindon.
138. Young gull stuck behind shed, Portsmouth, SW took to Brent Lodge.
139. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor SW put back.
140. GULL OFF ROO , Chichester, Sw attended.
141. Pigeon sick, Bognor, SW took to Alphapet.
142. Young Gull, broken wing, Bognor, SW took to Alphapet.
143. Fox not well, Waterlooville, advice given.
144. Roe Deer in garden, Bognor, advice given, later attended.
145. Hedgehog stuck on wire, Haywards Heath, John attended.
146. Lady concerned re Gull in car park, Arundel, advice given.
147. Foxes with mange, Southsea, medication arranged.
148. GULL OFF ROOF, Bognor, JW/SW put back.
149. GULL OFF ROOF, Felpham, SW put back.
150. Wood pigeon stuck in chimney, Bognor, JW/SW released it.
151. Fox cubs with mange, Arundel, medication arranged.
152. Fox with hind leg damage, Shoreham, advice given.
153. Racing pigeon needs leg tag removed so can release , East Preston.
154. Wren chicks displaced, Felpham, flew away.
155. Fox very ill, John took to Alphapet, DOA.
156. Pagham pond dry, needs water, advice given.
157. Sparrow trapped in bedroom, Horsham, John to attend.

AUGUST
158. GULL OFF ROOF , Rustington, JW/SW put back
159. Fox not well, Bognor, advice given.
160. Fox bad legs, Crawley, John took to Fox Project.
161. Swan stuck in greenhouse, Lagness, SW/JW attended.
162. Badger problem in garden, Gosport, Val to attend.
163. GULL with string on leg, Chichester Hospital, Loan of net given.
164. Fox injured, Bracklesham Bay, John and Sue took to Alphapet.
165. Fox with mange, Crawley, medication arranged.
166. Badger injured, Chichester, SW took to Alphapet.
167. Badger injured, PO10, John attended.
168. Fox with bad leg, Pagham, advice given
169. Gull with string on legs, felpham, loan of net to them.
170. Gull injured, Bognor, JW/SW took to Alphapet.
171. Gull with wood stuck on feet, Bognor, Loan of net, bird caught and removed.
172. Badger RTA, 1am, Steyning, John attended.
173. Wood pigeon squab injured, Crawley, John attended.
174. Lady concerned re foxes and children, Surrey, advice given.
175. Badger injured leg, RTA?, Fernhurst, JW/SW attended, taken to Alphapet PTS.
176. Fox advice needed, Bognor JW/SW attended.
177. Fox with mange, Ford, medication sent.
178. Poorly fox, Gosport, Val attended, taken to Alphapet.
179. Mange fox, East Preston, medication sent.

SEPTEMBER
180. Injured fox at Shoreham Police Station, Carol attended and gave advice.
181. Young abandoned squirrel, Leisure Centre, Felpham, JW took to Brent Lodge.
182. Fox with mange, Bognor, medication arranged.
183. Injured fox, Storrington, John captured in the river after escape, took to Fox Project.
184. Fox with mange, East Preston, Medication sent.
185. Suspicious pole in garden, killing birds? JW attended, filmed, Police informed.
186. Fox with leg injury, Yapton, SW attended, DOA.
187. Squirrel attacked by crows, Portsmouth, Val attended.
188. Young fawn with cut leg, Hassocks, John attended, taken to Ashdown forest rescue.
189. Badger with rump and neck injury stuck in fence, Stedham, SW attended took to
Alphapet PTS, bad infection, no teeth.
190. Hedgehog advice needed, Arundel.
191. Injured badger, Chichester, SW attended, badger escaped so cage and pole lent out.
192. Gull broken wing, Bognor, SW/JW attended, couldn’t find the bird.
193. Lady large hole in garden, advice needed, Littlehampton.
194. Pigeon catted, Bognor, SW took to Alphapet.
195. Fox living in ditch, work needed, Bognor, JW/SW attended, advice given, letter to
council.
196. Pipistrelle bat injured, advice given, going to Bat Rescue, Haslemere.
197. Pigeon injured , Railway Station, Bognor, recovered and flew away.
198. GULL injured, Felpham, recovered and flew.
199. Fox problem, Bognor, SW to attend
200. Hedgehog not well, baby, taken to Alphapet.
201. Lady concerned re Buzzard sitting on gate, Fontwell, Advice given.
202. Solar Farm to be built, Haywards Heath, resident concerned re badger sett

OCTOBER
203. Pheasant RTA concussed, Longfurlong, found by Becky and Michael taken to Alphapet released after treatment.
204. Fox deterrent needed, Bognor, advice given.
205. Badger problem in garden, Crawley, advice given.
206. Fox with bad leg , waterlooville, SW attended, fox trapped but OK released.
207. Chithurst Buddhist Monastery doing coppicing over badger sett concerned, advice given.
208. Dog lost in Pagham, man requested use of our fox trap to catch it.
209. Lady concerned re Network Rail doing clearance behind garden, Fareham.
210. Hedgehog with leg injury, Worthing, collected by Kat and taken to Brent Lodge.
211. Fox with mange, Havant , Medication sent out.
212. Network Rail removing trees and shrubs in railway cuttings, Fareham, letter to them and discussions took –place.
213. Gull stuck in pavilion, Butlins Bognor, conversations with Resort Safety manager, .

The Dangerous Deer Rescue

We had the phone call at 10pm in May a lady who lived on the Longfurlong road had found a deer stuck in brambles in the ditch outside her bungalow, she thought it had been there two days already.

Simon and myself shivered at this phone call because anyone who knows the Longfurlong road knows it as one of the most dangerous and busiest roads in England, with its bends and curves and deep valleys and hills, there are many deaths on it. Apparently we did not know at the time that at night it was the road that all the super lorries use to their Southampton destination.

We decided to go and look and donned all the head torches , lamps , reflective gear that we had, and met up with the lady in the bungalow, worse to come was that she lived right on the bend of the road between a field and a drive to a farm.

We shone the light in the direction of the deer and saw it was still there stuck, we ventured along the ditch judging where it was and noticed that the brambles were above our heads in height, over 6 ft .

We had brought a variety of gardening tools but the lady offered hers as well and we started cutting towards the deer  but he then moved along a little way getting stuck again. What worried me was the amount of traffic in pitch dark thundering behind us, cars, huge lorries biggest ever  hauling ship containers and vans, and I thought if this deer bolts into the road it will get killed and kill whoever driving a vehicle as they would no doubt swerve to avoid.

We didn’t want this deer to die, so at midnight we sat in the ladies bungalow having a cup of tea to warm us up and we phoned the Police to say we needed assistance that it was a dangerous situation, would be worse during the day and could we have two Police cars to block the traffic either side of the road while we freed the deer. Well they couldn’t offer us 2 cars as they only had two cars on duty, so one car and an officer would have to do.

1 am we met with this lovely Scottish Police Officer who put on his flashing lights to warn traffic and we told him how we would conduct the rescue. We wanted the deer to go the way of the Barley field  which led to woods not the farm track which was fenced in both sides, we did not want him forced into the road . So we carefully came in through the bramble which entrances the Barley field and started tunnelling our way up to where the deer was. The logic was if we could get through the tunnel we had made then the deer would run through it to freedom.  It took over an hour of blood sweat and tears to reach the deer , we then came out on the road and with the officer shouted , waved clapped hands to frighten the deer through the tunnel and to freedom.

We did it !!! the deer ran through the Barley field  towards the wood showing up on the lovely Police mans torch and we nearly all wept with joy.

Job Done      time for bed……

Jaine and Simon.

 

Deer Rescue

We were called out to a deer with its leg caught in a fence just north of Chanctonbuy Ring near Wiston , W. Sussex on 28th Aug.
Sadly, this is an all too common event when you have two strands of barbed wire, and we wish we could rid the countryside of this menace.

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This was a chance find by a member of the public after a fallen tree had caused people to move off the footpath, otherwise the deer would have died slowly over several days..

We think the deer had been trapped for about 36 hours as fly eggs had been laid on the wound but not hatched. A kind member of the public helped carry the deer to our vehicle while it was constrained in a sleeping bag.
The deer was taken to Alphapet veterinary clinic, Bognor Regis but unfortunately, despite serious efforts, they did not think the could save the leg due to the exposed bone, and missing skin, and the deer was euthanized.

 

 

Grant for Brent Lodge Wildlife Trust

In November 2015 we applied to Born Free Foundation to their Sanctuaries Fund for heating for Brent Lodge for their outside pens, we have taken a number of foxes, badgers and deer to them over the years and their outside pens needed heating, particularly as mange foxes have no hair.

We were thrilled when in February this year they decided to give a grant for £500 for heating equipment. We spent a while sourcing the right heating and have managed to get four 6ft Tube heaters with guards , and four Flexiguard Petnap Pet Heat Pads with armoured cabling, so the animals don’t chew through them.

We are very thankful to The Born Free Foundation for donating this sum of money and especially to Karen Pettman who helped us fill out the forms. Our photo shows the delivery of the heaters at Brent Lodge with Darren, Manager at Brent Lodge taking delivery in February 2016.

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Dance School Raffle Buys Rescue Equipment

Sandra Lilley who is one of our supporters, runs the Balandis-Lilley Dance School with her daughter at North Mundham, and decided to give the proceeds to West Sussex Wildlife from her raffle on the Open Day Concert that was organised in January.

We were treated to a lovely morning of Tap, Ballet and Dance by the Over 50s members of the group, and the raffle raised £215.

We thank this lovely group for their generosity and to Sandra for organising it, we have bought a new rescue crush cage and restraining pole for Becky who has volunteered to be one of our rescuers. See Photo Below.becky