Staff at RSPCA working flat out

Staff at RSPCA working flat out

Published by KLFM
6:00am 1st September 2019.

The RSPCA at East Winch are working really hard to care for Norfolk's wildlife.

We often have a massive impact on the health of animals and that's why the majority of animals are there being cared for.

It's either from us interfering with them or leaving our litter behind. 


Their staff and volunteers are working flat out to care for nearly 700 animals at the moment, see some of their current charges in the video below: 


KLFM spoke to Centre Manager Alison Charles, she told us how our actions can have devastating consequences: 

"This is human mess and waste and litter and this animal has died or could potentially die.

In the last three fishing litter incidents, we've had two swans and a cygnet and the cygnet died from his injuries." 


When KLFM toured the East Winch Centre we saw: 

  • A fox caught in a running snare
  • A swan who had been hit by a train
  • Hundreds of hedgehogs
  • Birds who had been blown out of their nests during the bad weather earlier this month
  • Very poorly abandoned common seal pups
  • Older grey seals who had become entangled in human litter 

Most of the animals require round the clock and very hands-on care. 

But unfortunately, it's often not enough. 

It's already been a sad year for grey seal pups: 

"We're having a dreadful year this year and we've lost most of the little common seals.

So we're not doing very well, it's really sad.

Just over 50% of our animals make back out there, into the wild.

But we feel it's well worth doing especially with all the man-made problems that we're facing now.

We have to remember the ones that do get out of here to make you get you through the day with all the death and destruction."

How you can help:

  • Take home all of your litter
  • Recycle as much as you can- RSCPA East Winch has a Salvation Army clothes bin, a glass bin and a can/tin bank outside the centre
  • Don't leave fishing litter e.g. line and nets laying around, the RSPCA will soon be recycling those items as well 
  • Don't touch or approach any seals, mothers often leave their young on the beach while they hunt, by going near the pup you're increasing the chances of it being abandoned 
  • Don't chase/ or push seals back into the sea 
  • Don't' approach or touch any wildlife unless you absolutely have to 
  • Donate towels, blankets and newspapers to the East Winch Centre 
  • Donate using the centre's Amazon Wishlist

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