SUMMARY OF 2016
A record number of 969 wildlife casualties were taken in during 2016, we also gave advice to over 1500 other cases. During the summer months we were stretched to the limit, which resulted in us having to refer some wildlife casualties to other rescue centers. We now have around 25 volunteers which help us out 9 am till around 12.30 pm. Each morning there are usually 4 to 5 of us doing the feeding and cleaning. We are planning a few more improvements during 2017, which will help us cater for the ever increasing wildlife casualties coming in to us.
Foxy lodge wildlife rescue recieved a recognition certificate from the mayor of Great Yarmouth during April and during October we won an Animal Action Award by IFAW The International Fund For Animal welfare for winning the Wildlife Rescue Award. The presentation took place at The House of Lords and The award was presented to us by Mr Bill Oddie and Baroness Gale. We both felt very honoured to recieve this International award and had a great day.
MONTHLY UPDATES OF 2017
January 2017 A nice quiet start to the year so a few more improvements to our facilities are taking place.
The pictures below show a signet being released early this month, He had been found by side of road in Filby, concussed, probably clipped by a car. He made a full recovery and was re released onto filby broad.
February 2017 This month was over shadowed by us taking in our first peregrine falcon which had been shot with a shotgun. Only 3 of the shot had hit him but sadly it was enough to kill him. This was someone who took a pot shot at him while flying because the shot wounds were in his breast area. Such a gorgeous bird and such a waste. We can only hope that the person who did this gets caught one day.
March 2016 A van hit a deer and the driver stopped to look for it but could see no trace of it, so concluded that it had had a lucky escape. When the van driver got home a few minutes later he decided to check the damage to the front of his van and realised the deer was stuck in the front grill. It took him and his wife several minutes to remove this deer and was then rushed to us. The deer was an adult male Muntjac who had a broken front leg and was badly concussed. Deer with broken legs do not usually have much of a chance but because he was immobile due to his concussion we felt we owed it to him to give him a sporting chance. The concussion lasted several days which turned out to be his saving grace, because with him laying down and not trying to walk on his broken leg, gave it time to start healing. This happened 8 weeks ago and am pleased to report that he is up and walking around our garden, albeit with a limp. Hopefully during the coming months he can be re-released back to the place he was found, but away from the road. We named him Grilles. Oddly while he was recuperating we allowed a large white rabbit to share his enclosure for company and they struck up an odd friendship. Now that both the deer and rabbit has the run of our garden, they are often still seen grooming each other. Picture of them both below.
*We now have the required licences to house/rear & release grey squirrels & Muntjac deer from Natural England the governing body. This is normally illegal but we wanted to extend our helping hand to include these lovely animals.*
Below is a snapshot of 2016 so far.
APRIL 2016 This month the Mayor of Great Yarmouth presented us with a recognition certificate for all the work we do at Foxy Lodge Wildlife Rescue. This award was gratefully accepted on behalf of not just John and Tonia but also our 20 or so volunteers who help keep our rescue running.
The other news this month is that John took early retirement this month so that both John & Tonia can now run Foxy Lodge full steam ahead.
MAY 2016 We have been forced into making some difficult decisions this month as the numbers of wildlife casualties coming in continues to rise. This has resulted in us restricting the intake of seagull chicks as this year we do not have a spare outside enclosure big enough to take them. Last year we took in around 80 seagull chicks, but that enclosure is this year taken up with other wildlife. We have a few phone numbers of other larger rescues who are still taking them in. We hope that next year we will be able to take in these lovely birds again.
Below is a picture i took of Daisy today, the deer who thinks she is a dog! We have had Daisy since she was 3 hours old and is now 2 years old. She has the run of our garden and the tiled areas of part of our house. She has her own large dog bed and although it was lovely and sunny outside she was found here in the kitchen lounging around as usual.
The picture below is Frankie the fox cub who came to us at 4 weeks old. He is now 13 weeks old. He is blind and was left by his parents. He is a challenge but we will not give up on him. He has good and bad days, and gets very frustrated when he cant find his food or his bed.
July 2016 Below are some pictures and comments of this months most note worthy admissions. We are kept very busy at this time of year but still managing to give every admission all the time needed to get fit for their releases in due course.
August 2016 This month we dealt with two seperate incidents of seagulls which had been shot with an air rifle. The first was at Yarmouth sea front in the waterways area, the second was in Gorleston. The seagull from Gorleston will never fly again because his wing was badly broken, but the Yarmouth gull has since recovered and been released in Hemsby. Hopefully he will not go back to where he was shot. Both incidents were reported to the police and the investigations are both ongoing.
SEPTEMBER 2016 We do not normally get involved with domestic pets but when we heard the truely awfull story of these 5 week old kittens from the Police we decided to take them in. A mother cat and at least 5 kittens were thrown at a train at around 5.20pm on Thursday 15th September from a foot crossing near to Lingwood station. The mother and one kitten were killed but 4 survived which we are now caring for. Considering what these little kittens have been through, they are very friendly and loving. We are hoping that all 4 will be ready for new owners in early October. The police are appealing for information. You can pass information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
OCTOBER 2016 This month John & Tonia were presented with an Animal Action Award by IFAW The International Fund For Animal welfare for winning the Wildlife Rescue Award. The presentation took place at The House of Lords and The award was presented to us by Mr Bill Oddie and Baroness Gale. We both felt very honoured to recieve this International award and had a great day.