East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) is publishing a list of their top 10 suggestions for wildlife friendly New Year's Resolutions.
- To encourage wildlife in urban areas by cutting a hole in fences to help wildlife like hedgehogs to move around more easily.
- To stop the unnecessary hunting, killing and poisoning of wildlife, including and the use of snares, larsen traps to catch wildlife, as well as poisons like slug pellets, rodent poisons and pesticides and to use humane and nature alternatives to pest control. As well as ensuring bird netting and other pest control measures are routinely maintained and managed to prevent unnecessary deaths of wildlife.
- To reduce the number of wildlife becoming entangled in rubbish, litter, discarded netting, wire, by ensuring litter and rubbish is disposed of carefully and properly, like cutting up beer can rings, not dropping fast food waste in the streets, don't discard carrier bags, or use Chinese lanterns.
- To increase awareness of wildlife welfare in the community, school and colleges.
- To become a vegetarian or vegan to help reduce the threat to wildlife from farming and to improve the environment.
- To ban the use and storage of guns outside of licenced ranges or establishments.
- To keep hunter cats in at night to reduce down the impact cats have on wildlife.
- To encourage safer road usage by driving slower in rural areas and especially at night, but also improving new road and transport systems with crossing points like toad, badger, fox, squirrel and deer tunnels and over passes, wider grass verges so wildlife can be seen far in advance to reduce road casualties.
- o ban the import and export of all wildlife and prevent them from being kept as pets unnecessarily.
- To support your local wildlife rescue or hospital so they can continue to provide their vital service.
"I was asked before Christmas what my New Year's resolutions were going to be and at first I wasn't really sure, so I decided to put together a list of ideas to help people make a wildlife friendly New Year's Resolution with the help of our friends on Facebook" said Trevor Weeks MBE founder of East Sussex WRAS.