Our August 2018 newsletter is now available to download, just click on the cover picture left.
An Eastbourne man has completed one of the hardest races in the England, the Race to the Stones. The 100km non stop race started on Saturday morning at 8:30am. It follows the ancient Ridgeway track finishing at the famous standing stones at Avebury.
Chris Riddington, Lead Casualty Manager at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS), was undertaking the race to raise money for the charity who he has dedicated the last 7 years of his life to.
A hedgehog found himself in a hole lot of bother yesterday (Monday 2nd July) after falling into a pipe close to the junction of Mill Road and String Walk Hailsham.
The hedgehog is thought to have fallen into the pipe during the night and spent all day curled up in the pipe till observant walkers noticed the hedgehog in its predicament.
A man from Sussex is will be undertaking one of the toughest 100 kilometre non-stop runs in the country to raise money for local wildlife.
Chris Riddington, 33 from Eastbourne, who is the Lead Casualty Manager at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) will be attempting to run the 100k Race to the Stones, one of the toughest runs in the country.
Birds are nesting at this time of year, they are protected by law and all nesting birds, eggs, young cannot be disturbed, taken or killed unless under licence from Natural England. Installation of solar panels, television aerials, roof extensions, building demolition or other non-essential works are not a valid reason for disturbing the nests, eggs or young. If you need to undertake urgent works to a roof due to a leak which could cause structural damaged etc then a licence is required in order to cause disturbance. Even Pest Control companies do not have an automatic right to disturb nesting birds and they can only use a general licence for a small group of birds, and one of the requirements of using a general licence is that alternatives and deterrence are tried first. Nests, eggs and young can’t be moved off roof tops because they are noisy, keeping you awake, pooing on a pavement, pooing on washing on a line and not for general maintenance either, except where public health and safety is at risk (this does not mean they can be moved for the safety of contractors working on the roof). Even Herring Gulls adults and young are protected and cannot be touched using a General Licence, although nests and eggs may be cleared under certain circumstances. Before clearly a nest it is advisable to speak to Natural England to ensure you are not breaking the law. Prevention is always better than cure, so once the nesting session is over it is advisable to get a builder in to erect a mesh frame over your chimney to stop birds nesting or using mesh or netting behind chimneys to prevent nests or scarecrow devices which will deter birds from nesting.
Our Casualty Centre is extremely busy at the moment, we are taking in as many casualties as we can. but are limited on the size and type of casualties we can take in. However this changes daily, as and when we are able to release casualties once better. We currently have over 330 casualties in care:
1 Greater Spotted Wood Pecker
7 Tawny Owls
15 Great Tits
44 Blue Tits
21 Wood Pigeons
2 Collared Doves
43 Feral Pigeons
A vicous attack on a female mallard duck took place on a local pond in Hailsham last night (12/6/2018). Residents of the area have been aware of a group of young men with lurchers and a small short haired breed disturbing the ducks at Farne Close Pond in Hailsham.
Rescuers were called to a gull that found himself caught in a "sticky situation" at Britannia Chocolate Factory in Polegate this afternoon.
This poor gull got him self covered in glucose syrup which had been left in an container in the yard outside the factory. Kind hearted and concerned staff tried to clean the gull but it was hard to get it off.
Volunteers and staff at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) have spent an evening learning about how to use a human defibrillator after the charity purchased a Defibrillator which is now, available for emergency use, outside East Sussex WRAS’s Veterinary Hospital in Whitesmith East Sussex.
Rescuers have helped a badger cub in Gladstone Place Brighton just before midnight last night.
The cub had been playing with siblings on an embankment and tumbled into a court yard 4ft down.
Being so small the badger cub was struggling to get back up. Luckily a neighbour noticed and called out East Sussex WRAS.