Learn how to help distressed wildlife

Members of the public are being given the opportunity to learn more about wildlife rescue in a series of courses run by East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).

"There are many calls which we receive from the public where they think that the behaviour of a wild animal or bird means it is sick or injured when in fact it just the animal resting or to do with them mating. But also there are many situations where the public do not realise how serious or life threatening a situation the casualty is in and doesn't get the help or support it needs until it is too late" said Trevor Weeks founder of WRAS, "we hope that these courses will help people to respond and handle wildlife rescue situations better as a result and know when to call for help and how their actions at the beginning make cause unnecessary stress and fear to a wildlife animal which they may not notice."

There are two courses being run this month one titled 'An introduction to Wildlife Rescue' and the other is titled 'Waterfowl Awareness Course'.

The Introduction course mainly looks at the aims and objective of wildlife rescue the roles and responsibilities of the wildlife rescuers, wildlife hospital and the working relationship with the veterinary profession. Some of the main legal issues are covered as well as looking at some of the common incidents and issues which need to be taken into consideration when getting involved with helping a wildlife casualty, when casualties need to be euthanased, how to priorities what needs help and how urgent an injury really is.

The Waterfowl course is a fun course looking at the main species of waterfowl which visit our ponds, lake and rivers and their behaviour, habits and common incidents plus how to help deal with some of the more common incidents whilst waiting for rescuers to arrive.

Both courses are good for members of the public with a general interest but also for those studying animal welfare at college or university or those looking for a career change and want to know more.

The courses take place at their Casualty Care Centre on the A22 at Whitesmith between Hailsham and Uckfield. The 'Introduction to Wildlife Rescue' course costs £15 per person and the 'Waterfowl Awareness course' costs £10 per person although a £5 discount will be given to those attending both courses. The money raised from these courses will help WRAS rescue, treat and release even more casualties. Booking is necessary in advance via Trevor Weeks by email or phone 01825 873003.

An Introduction to Wildlife Rescue

7th Feb 2011 - 18:30 till 21:30
11th Feb 2011 - 13:30 till 16:30
20th Feb 2011 - 2pm till 5pm

Waterfowl Awareness Course

17th Feb 2011 - 18:30 till 21:30,
22nd Feb 2011 - 18:30 till 21:30
27th Feb 2011 - 2pm till 5pm

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Press Contact: Trevor Weeks, Director, East Sussex WRAS, 07931 523958

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