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East Sussex WRAS has received the following message from the Environment Agency this morning:

Thank you very much for reporting this to us and providing photos.

Last night Southern Water investigated their surface water drainage system and discovered the source of the oil and put some absorbents in place to prevent any further oil coming out of their system.
We will also be attending today and putting more absorbents in place to clean up the oil. » Read more

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service were called out on the morning of Saturday 28th September to a pair of swans covered in waste engine oil swimming in the stream behind St Anthony’s Hill and Leeds Avenue Eastbourne.

The two swans were rescued by volunteer rescuers Andrew and Charlotte Loftus who attended in one of WRAS’s veterinary ambulances. » Read more

It's almost that time of year again..!
Come along to our Christmas Craft Fair, quite an early one this year on the Saturday 9th November at the East Dean Village Hall, Village Green Ln, East Dean, Nr Eastbourne BN20 0DR from 2pm-5pm. Free entry.
There will be some lovely homemade crafts with gifts perfect for Christmas, a raffle, refreshments and of course, cake!!
If you are interested in booking a stall please contact Ellie on or call 01825873003 » Read more

Learn the basic principles of Wildlife First Aid. Learn how you can better help when you find a wildlife casualty.

Learn the basic principles of Wildlife First Aid. Learn how you can better help when you find wildlife casualty. The course is divided into three 90-120 minute sessions which take place as either a series of three evening courses or one full day course, with PowerPoint presentations showing videos and photos plus a few practical tasks.

Session 1) Background, Health & Safety and Basic First Aid Practices and Principles.
Session 2) Wild Bird Rescue plus Amphibian & Reptile Rescue.
Session 3) Wild Mammal Rescue. » Read more

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called at 11am on 9th September 2019 to a badger which had fallen into the basement of a flat in Magdalen Road Hastings.

On arrival rescuers found the young badger at the bottom of the basement unable to climb out.   Rescuer Trevor Weeks MBE founder of East Sussex WRAS climbed down into the basement armed with a large blanket, dog grasper and badger cage. » Read more

Care Staff at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) are asking members of the public who find poorly wild birds with ticks on them to seek urgent help in order to help save the birds lives.

“Ticks on birds can be fatal if left alone” said Trevor Weeks MBE founder of WRAS, “mammals cope much better than birds which need urgent veterinary help to both remove safely the ticks but also more importantly to get the right medication in order to treat the effects of the tick bite.” » Read more


Lest we forget the animal victims of war.

Hardly a conflict goes by without animals in one way or another being used to help those fighting.   Many have lost their lives. Their suffering like the soldiers they serve should not be forgotten.

During the first world war over 8 million horses and countless mules and donkeys died. It is estimated that over 100,000 racing pigeons served during World War I and over 200,000 during the second world war.  Other more unusual animals have served during conflicts including elephants, camels, oxen, bullocks, cats, canaries and even glow worms!

Animals were used for transportation pulling carts of ammunition and supplies to the front line, or in cavalry charges or used as messengers or guards. They helped lay telegraph lines, detect mines, search for buried survivors after bombing,

They had to endure heavy shelling and bombs exploding, machine gun fire, as well as poor conditions, hunger, thirst, exhaustion as well as disease and exposure to gas and other chemicals.  They were used in all weather from freezing temperatures in the arctic tundra or blazing heat in the Tunisian desert.

Despite horrific wounds many of these animals continued their work with amazing dedication, courage and loyalty to their their handlers.

No body knows the true number of lives which were saved by these animals.

The Dickin Medal was instituted towards the end of the Second World War the outstanding acts of bravery or devotion to duty by animals serving with the Armed Forces or Civil Defence units in any theatre or war across the world. It is considered the animal version of the Victoria Cross.

Since 1943 the medal has been awarded 71 times as well as 1 Honorary medal which was awarded in 2014. The recipients comprise 34 dogs, 32 pigeons, 4 horses and 1 cat. But there are many more which served and lost their lives which are also remembered at a national monument at Brook Gate, Park Lane, London W1K 7QF.

At WRAS we will never forget those animals who suffered for our freedom, as well as the soldiers who served with them.

More information and stories of animals at war can be found at the following websites, click on the image to be directed to their websites.







You may see different coloured poppies being worn during remembrance. This short article by the BBC help explains more about the colours and their meaning.