Wildlife rescue is in danger of closing down


A wildlife rescue centre is in danger of closing down unless it can raise £150,000 in a matter of weeks, the centre’s founder has said.

Established five years ago, Bexhill Wildlife Rescue has rescued more than 350 furry and feathered creatures this year alone.

But the centre, in Chantry Avenue, is at risk of closure as the property is going on the market next month.

Chris Tucker, one of the founders of Bexhill Wildlife Rescue, said: “Bexhill Wildlife Rescue is set in 300 foot grounds and accommodates a variety of animal species.

“There are numerous enclosures, feeding stations, aviaries, wildlife pond for frogs and newts, and plenty of space to expand.

“There is also a large pond for disabled gulls.

“Sadly this much-needed rescue is facing closure in the next couple months as the jointly owned property is being put up for sale.

“We are therefore appealing for funds to keep this rescue open.”

Bexhill Wildlife Rescue, which prides itself on its ‘no kill’ policy, takes in animals from all over the Bexhill, Hastings and wider Rother area.

As well as receiving call outs from members of the public, the centre is often called upon by the council, local vets, police or coastguard to come to the aid of a stricken animal.

Bexhill Wildlife Rescue works closely with the well-established Barby Keel Animal Sanctuary, based in Freezland Lane.

As well as taking calls from the sanctuary, many of the animals saved by the Bexhill Wildlife Rescue are taken to Barby’s prior to their release back into the wild.

Chris finances the rescue entirely out of his own income and spends every spare minute either answering wildlife calls or tending to the animals in his care.

During busy periods, Chris can receive up to ten calls a day to come to the aid of injured animals.

The rescue receives regular calls to come to the aid of seagulls which have become trapped.

On one occasion Chris, with the help of firefighters, rescued an injured seagull who had become trapped in a gutter on a roof in Hastings.

Another time he came to the aid of a gull which had been trapped for several days on a railway line in St Leonards.

Chris said: “If the rescue closes, this will mean hundred of animals being left to die lonely and painful deaths on the streets.”

Anyone who would like to help is asked to contact Chris Tucker on 01424 225647 or 07837958109.

Alternatively, you can donate directly via any Lloyds Bank - sort code 77-63-17, account no 74555460 - or via the website, bexhill-wildlife-rescue.co.uk where you can click on the ‘donate’ button.

Chris added: “Please note, all money raised to keep the rescue operating will be put into the hands of solicitors and any transfer of monies to the rescue will be done through a solicitor, with various people acting as signatories. Half the property will then be owned by Bexhill Wildlife Rescue.”

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