Volunteers from the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project have been out vaccinating the first badgers to be vaccinated against Bovine Tb in East Sussex. Two badgers have been caught and vaccinated on land belonging to the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust, as well as two at a residential garden in Oakwood Drive, Uckfield.
Volunteers from the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project (SBVP) have been busy over the past week pre-baiting and now the first traps have been moved into place at a location near Uckfield, East Sussex.
“This is great news for Sussex’s badgers and cattle. Bovine tuberculosis is a huge problem for farmers and this is such a positive way forward in the fight against it. After doing some initial survey work earlier this year and working out the key target areas, we have been undertaking the pre-baiting by placing peanuts down, which helps us identify the best locations to trap and vaccinate on the land” explained Project director Kate Edmonds from the Sussex Badger Vaccination Project.
A veterinary ambulance rushed to the aid of an injured badger found in the bottom of a disused swimming pool this morning.
Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service were called out just after 8.30am this morning to help the trapped badger. On arrival rescuers Trevor Weeks MBE and Lindsay Redfern climbed down into the empty swimming pool and found the badger trying to sleep in a quite unusual position with its back to the corner of the swimming pool and tucking its head into its belly and covering its head with its legs to hide!
Volunteer Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS), were called out on the morning of 1 February after a badger became trapped in the bottom of a disused swimming pool.
This badger along with a second were originally spotted by the owners on Thursday, they placed a ladder and planks into the pool so the badger could attempt to climb out. Overnight one of the badgers managed to escape but one stayed behind, so WRAS was called to help the stranded badger.
A badger was left confused and scared after falling into an empty swimming pool at a farm near Hailsham today (28th April). Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) attended on site to find the badger had made itself at home in some vegetation at the corner of the empty swimming pool.
Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) rushed to the aid of an injured badger at Seddlecombe near Battle yesterday (Tuesday 2nd March).
About 1.45pm owners of a small stables just south of Seddlescombe contacted WRAS after finding a badger with its rear right leg entangled in electric fencing. The power supply was switched off and the badger covered until rescuers arrived on site to help.
A badger has been rescued from a swimming pool in Denehurst Gardens, Hastings on Saturday 13th February. Volunteer Michael Lamb from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) attended on site within 30 minutes and was able to catch the badger using a dog grasper. Luckily the swimming pool was empty but the owners of the property had been on holiday so it was unclear how long the badger may have been in the pool for.
A badger has been rescued by WRAS rescuers after a territorial fight by badgers. The large male badger which weights 15kg was found curled up in the garden of a house in Peacehaven. Rescuers Trevor Weeks, Kathy Martyn and David Breden attended on site and were able to catch the badger in a side alleyway. The badger had a swelling on its head and puncture marks above his tail.
A road casualty badger has surivived 2-3 days and found its way to East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service’s Casualty Care Unit at Horsebridge. At 3am this morning volunteer Tim Mckenzie was passing through and called at the unit only to discover an injured badger crawling behind the building.
The winter is supposed to be the quietest time of year for WRAS, but yesterday volunteer rescuers were rushed off their feet with calls to over 21 casualties. Normally the January call-out rate is averages about 5 a day. "This has been an amazingly busy day" said Trevor Weeks " it reminds me of the Boomtown Rats’ song "I Don’t like Mondays"! I hope that the rest of the week does not stay as busy."