PEACOCKS: We are getting quite a few calls about peacock at the moment on our emergency line. Unfortunately they are not wildlife so aren't something we deal with. They are in affect escaped pets.
Most of the calls are concerning them calling. They will wander and call looking for mates at this time of year. This is not a distress call.
There must be at least a dozen roaming around East Sussex. Sadly owner dont keep them secure so often take off during the spring into summer looking for mates.
They will also fly up onto a roof or into a tree to roost at night too.
If you have one visiting you could try posting on social media to track down the owner and they may come and collect the bird.
We hope this information is helpful. ...
Get yourself down to Bates Green Garden on Wednesday 31st of May as our dedicated volunteers will be running the cafe in the Bluebell Barn from 10am until 4pm. All proceeds go to East Sussex WRAS and you can enjoy a light lunch, sweet treats and refreshments.
Bates Green Garden is a tranquil 1.5 acre garden adjacent to a 6 acre wildflower meadow with mown paths, seating and views of the South Downs. It is a unique garden and a peaceful space to immerse oneself. It is full of birdsong, with restful places to sit, relax and appreciate nature.
See you there!
Bates Green Farm
Polegate, East Sussex
BN26 6SH ...
Avian Influenza Update.
As many of you will now be aware there is an Avian Influenza 3 and 10km protection and surveillance zones around a farm with confirmed Avian Influenza at East Hoathly. This zone covers down to the edge of Polegate, to the edge of Herstmonceux, covers Heathfield, Five Ashes, Hadlow Down, Buxted, Uckfield, Isfield, Ringmer, Selmeston, Arlington and all the villages in between. The order from DEFRA and APHA instructs that there were to be no movement of captive mammals or birds into or out of the 10km zone, cause us huge problems.
For the last few days we have not be able to admit casualties from outside the 10km zone. We have received further clarification from the Animal Health & Plant Agency and we are now able to resume admitting casualties from outside the 10km zone. However, there are restrictions on our ability to release birds back to the wild. A licence will need applying for each individual bird, this is going to cause significant delays and bed blocking as a result. So we will be assessing each day what we can and can’t admit based on space. We will continue to admit all mammals as long as we have the room to do so.
These restrictions are very frustrating for us all and we hope that these restrictions will not last too long.
We appreciate your understanding during this period and we will continue to help as many people and casualties as we can. ...