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East Sussex WRAS rescuers rushed to Princes Park in Eastbourne  today after reports of a swan with blood on its head and body.

Rescuers Chris Riddington and Katie Nunn Nash attended on site and found the swan in the inlet stream at the Wartling Road end of the park.  "There was blood around the swan's head and on its back where it has been preening. The swan kept shaking its head and was clearly in discomfort" said Chris.

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Congratulations Daryl Farmer for completing his Solo Atlantic crossing. What an amazing achievement. We are so proud to be associated with Daryl Farmer and he is a legend! A big thank you to his partner Sabine Grainger, her daughter Ellie and WRAS's Chris Riddington for all their hard work behind the scenes helping to raise money and for all the updates and information throughout.

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A Sussex man who has been at sea for over 3 months on his own rowing single-handedly across the Atlantic Ocean is expected to finish his 3000-mile journey around Monday 20th March.

Daryl Farmer from Forest Row in East Sussex, set off from  La Gomera on the 14th December 2016 as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.  With no engine and no sails Daryl has had to row every inch of the journey in his Pure Class traditional style ocean rowing boat. It is estimated that he has rowed over 1.5 million oar strokes so far whilst rowing up to 18 hours a day. More people have been into space and successfully climbed Everest than rowed across the Atlantic.

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A wildlife charity saw a staggering increase in casualties last year up by 42%, an increase of 854 casualties. During 2015 East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service dealt with 2030 wildlife casualties but this increased to 2884 in 2016.

WRAS saw a 38% increase in wild mammals and 44% increase in wild birds. With Hedgehogs being the most common mammal rescued (473) and the feral pigeon the most common bird species (330).

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Thank you to everyone for their support on Sunday with the Eastbourne Half Marathon.

It was a very difficult day. I woke not feeling well and from 6am in the morning spent most of my time in the bathroom! Not wanting to let anyone down I managed to pull myself together and headed to Eastbourne.  I met up with my colleague Chris and his partner Laura who gave us a lift to the start. The weather was terrible but as we approached the start time it cleared up.

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Rescuers Kai Ahmed, Laura Carrick, Fiona Palmer and Chris Riddington from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service attended to a trapped pigeon in netting at Lewes Railway Station this evening.

The poor pigeon had been trapped in the netting at the front of the station and a number of taxi drivers called WRAS to express concerns.

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A walker witnessed a horrific uncontrolled dog attack on a herd of deer near Newick just before 5pm on Wednesday 8th February, resulting in the death of three female Fallow deer.

Debbie Ticehurst from Town Little Worth, was walking her dogs along a public footpath when she witnessed the incident. She said  “I heard a couple of dogs barking,  then a man shouting  ‘Luther’ which I assume was one of the dogs names. I then saw two herds of deer running in two different directions within 50 years of each other both being chased by dogs. One herd ran into the trees whilst the other went across two fields chased by a dark coloured whippet type dog, they disappeared out of sight but the barking persisted. As I walked back to my car I noticed the whippet dog running across the field back towards the man but then noticed two deer between two trees on the ground. One was clearly dead but the other was alive and on its back struggling, unable  to get up.   I was horrified and called East Sussex Wildlife Rescue straight away to get help and seek advice. As soon as I was off the phone I then noticed a third deer slighty further along the hedgerow struggling to get up too. The second dog was smaller and I think a terrier, and very vocal and the man clearly had no control over either dog.”

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Veterinary ambulances from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) rushed to Eastbourne this evening after a motorist reported seeing a swan fly into the side of the A22 Golden Jubilee Way next to Shinewater Lake, Eastbourne tonight.

“Volunteer rescuers Kai Ahmed and Fiona Palmer from our hospital in Whitesmith and off duty Rescue Co-ordinator Chris Riddington from Eastbourne rushed to the dual carriageway after reports of the swan hitting the bridge barrier at the side of the road. The motorist was quite shocked after seeing the large white bird appear and spin round in the air after hitting the barrier. She was not sure if the swan then landed on the road or fell to the ground below the bridge. Out of concern that the swan could potentially get hit by a car or be seriously injured I sent a team to investigate” said WRAS founder Trevor Weeks.

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