Protected Woodcock rescued from Brighton Basement

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) has been called out to an unusual woodland bird in Kemp Town, Brighton. The Woodcock which is on the "Amber" Conservation status list was found in a basement at Arundel Street, Brighton today. The bird was reported to WRAS by workmen at the house who could see the bird at the bottom of a basement.

WRAS rescuer Tony Neads from Polegate, attended and was able to reach the bird from a basement window. An initial assessment of the bird has not shown any serious external injuries and the bird is currently on its way to see specialist to assess its condition.

Rescue Co-ordinator Trevor has spoken to the RSPB as it is only the third such bird which has been rescued by WRAS. A previous bird found at Newhaven was attacked by a cat and died and the other from Golden Cross near Hailsham was also injured and died. "At this early stage the bird looks ok but we need to ensure it is checked over properly and is fit for release. The RSPB have said that they are migratory birds and that the nearest location they know of where Woodcocks have been seen is at Woodsmill the Sussex Wildlife Trust Reserve" said Trevor.

WRAS has been in touch with the Sussex Wildlife Trust and assume a more suitable release site not found and no other injuries are found WRAS hope to release the bird within the next 24-48 hours at Woodsmill.

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

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