Wildlife across East Sussex are being slaughtered along roads in the county according to rescuers at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS). Over the past 3 weeks WRAS has received calls about over 25 badgers and 17 foxes. Rescuers have also spotted another 10 dead badgers and 15 foxes whilst out and about. So at least 35 dead badgers and 32 dead foxes have been run over in the past 3 weeks.
Three hedgehogs became caught in netting in a school playing field over Christmas and two died as a result. The third was discovered and rescued successfully. As a result East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) is writing to all schools and colleges across East Sussex to stress the need for netting to be removed over school holidays.
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).
Rescuers from an East Sussex animal charity are asking well meaning people not to feed milk to injured wildlife which could potentially kill the casualty.
Members of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) are regularly called out to deal with young or injured birds and mammals only find that they have been given milk to drink. "Unfortunately milk is bad for and potentially life threatening for most baby birds and mammals who find it difficult to digest cows milk and other types of milk too" said Trevor Weeks Rescue Co-ordinator for East Sussex WRAS, "we get called all the time to people who have found birds and start giving them bread and milk to eat and drink. When was the last time you saw a pair of tits on a bird? Birds do not have breasts. Birds especially are not used to milk and have difficulty in digesting it."
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.
Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) are becoming very tired and already starting to struggle as night time call outs start to increase.
At this time of year the organisation always starts to get more nighttime calls, but daytime calls are on the decrease. "This can be a big problem as over all the number of calls decreases but the hours worked increases" said Trevor Week, Rescue Co-ordinator for WRAS.