Brent Lodge Bird and Wildlife Trust open weekend

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WILDLIFE lovers once again showed their support at the second day of the Brent Lodge Bird and Wildlife Trust open weekend today (Sunday, August 25).

“This is our summer opportunity to open our site to the public and thank people for all the generous support they give us throughout the year,” said manager Steve Rackett.

PCSO's Sean Keefe and Rosie Bainbridge, raising awareness for wildlife crime, with Hannah Boyles and a sick mallard Picture by Louise Adams C131188-1

PCSO's Sean Keefe and Rosie Bainbridge, raising awareness for wildlife crime, with Hannah Boyles and a sick mallard Picture by Louise Adams C131188-1

“That is very important to us because we do rely entirely on voluntary donations.

“It just wouldn’t be possible to help injured and sick wildlife if we didn’t get the support of the public in the West Sussex area.”

Brent Lodge can care for up to 300 birds and animals at any one time.

As well as a rowdy bunch of seagulls and some rather sleepy hedgehogs, visitors were able to get a close look at two black swans – one rescued from Hampshire and the other from Pagham Harbour.

“It is unusual for us to have one black swan let alone two,” said Steve.

Tomorrow, to finish its open weekend, Brent Lodge, in Cow Lane, Sidlesham, is hosting a wildlife and environment awareness day with lots of different wildlife groups attending.

The centre will be open to the public from 10am to 4pm.

To find out more about Brent Lodge, visit www.brentlodge.org.

More pictures from the open weekend will be published in this week’s Observer (Thursday, August 29, edition).