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RSPCA braced for busiest month

Lifestyle / Sat 15th Jun 2019 am30 07:55am

RSPCA braced for busiest month after 3,633 wildlife calls last June came from the East of England

RSPCA’s Wildlife Centre in Norfolk appeals for old bed linen, towels and newspaper to help care for surge of wild animals

The RSPCA is preparing for its busiest month of the year as it reveals that calls about wildlife from people in the East of England peaked at more than 3,600 last June.

The animal charity’s East Winch Wildlife Centre near King’s Lynn in Norfolk has become so busy that their supplies are running dangerously low, so it is appealing3 for donations of old bed linen, towels and newspapers.

The RSPCA received more than 204,9741 calls about wildlife in 2018 across England and Wales last year; with 24,1962 of those from the East of England alone.

Nearly half (93,097) of all the calls were received in the peak summer months May (28,211 calls), June (34,651) and July (30,235), the height of the breeding season for many wild animals.

The top five species the calls related to were pigeons (36,629 calls), red foxes (24,352 calls), gulls undefined (23,467 calls), hedgehogs (10,642 calls) and deer (9152).

The RSPCA’s Scientific Officer Evie Button says: “May, June and July are our busiest months for wildlife, so our officers, centre staff and volunteers are flat out at this time of year.

“Caring for young animals at our wildlife centres can be a round-the-clock job. Some of the most vulnerable animals need to be hand-fed every few hours.

“From newborn fox cubs which have lost their mother, to injured blackbirds or tiny orphaned ‘hoglets’, the RSPCA is very busy caring for and rehabilitating animals so they can hopefully be re-introduced to the wild.”

RSPCA officers collected 59,428 wild animals in 2018, peaking in June and July with 9,688 and 10,388 collections respectively.

As well as the most common of Britain’s wildlife, the RSPCA was contacted last year about more unusual or rare animals including a Natterer’s bat, a natterjack toad and a hen harrier.

The animal charity has four dedicated wildlife centres in Somerset (West Hatch), Cheshire (Stapeley Grange), Norfolk (East Winch) and East Sussex (Mallydams Wood). Wild animals are also treated at the animal charity’s animal hospitals in London (Putney and Finsbury Park). Birmingham and Manchester, then cared for at specialist facilities, either at the RSPCA’s own centres and branches or working in partnership with other wildlife rehabilitation organisations.

To donate towels, sheets, face cloths, sheets newspapers etc to RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre, please bring them to the centre in Gayton Rd, East Winch, Norfolk, PE32 1LG. If you cannot make it to the centre, to help the work of the RSPCA please donate here.

To help wildlife in the garden this summer you can:

Put out fresh, clean water for drinking and bathing,
Take care using lawn-mowers or strimmers and keeping pesticides out of reach of animals.
Tidy away unused sports and garden netting to prevent animals getting tangled

For more information about what to do if you find a wild animal in need of help, please visit the RSPCA website

To report concerns about an animal, please call the RSPCA 24-hour hotline on 0300 1234 999.

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