A wildlife charity is counteracting recent media coverage which encourages people to kill foxes. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) is asking people with fox problems not to call in pest control to unnecessarily kill foxes which are actually of benefit in residential, commercial and industrial areas.
An animal rescue charity is asking builders of bonfires to be careful this autumn over the bonfire season and to put simple measures in place to avoid any unnecessary animal suffering.
Every year thousands on animals are thought to die or suffer needless burns as a result of bonfires across the country.
Deer casualty numbers double
Deer and other wildlife are dying unnecessarily from being caught in wire fencing and discarded netting. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service has dealt with 18 cases of deer caught in stock fencing or netting this year, over double that of 2007 (7 cases).
Early on Friday Morning - 20th June 2008 - a pregnant fallow deer was found on the A22 Uckfield Bypass near the East Sussex National Golf Course. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) attended onsite and Sussex Police even closed the A22 for safety during rush hour whilst the deer was rescued and loaded into one of WRAS’s veterinary ambulances.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) volunteers have been out and about today (Wednesday) rescuing oiled seabirds on our coastline. 7 call-outs were received by WRAS today, but several of them had returned to the sea when rescuers arrived.
Trevor Weeks Founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service received a call from Brazil early this morning.
"I was asleep when I got the call early this morning and was surprised when the foreign sounding lady who could speak English better than my Portuguese, started asking me about hedgehogs?" said Trevor.
Most people will enjoy a walk at some point over the Christmas break to walk off their dinner, so WRAS is asking these walkers to lend a hand and keep an eye out for any oiled seabirds which may come ashore.
Most years Christmas sees volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) having to rescue oil covered birds from the Sussex Coast line. Some years the numbers are worse than others, and numbers can vary from less than 100 to almost a thousand.
A wildlife group is issuing a warning to those having bonfires at this time of year to take care and help prevent unnecessary hedgehogs deaths.
Last year East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called to a hedgehogs which crawled out from under a lit bonfire suffering from 40% burns to its body. The poor creature was in pain and caused a lot of distress to the children who were watching the bonfire and fire works in Langney.