Press releases

2017 saw a 13% increase in casualties up  381 casualties on last year making a total of 3273.  This has seen WRAS rescue over 3000 casualties in a year for the first time.

June saw the number of casualties surpass 500 for the first time ever too. Averaging 18 casualties every day for a month!  The highest number of casualties in a single day was 27 which happened on 8th June.  They were... » Read more

East Sussex WRAS have received a large number of calls over the past month about the cygnets at Decoy Pond, Hampden Park, Eastbourne.  As a result WRAS rescuers have been visiting regularly to check on them.

Members of the public have been very concerned and distressed to see the parents being aggressive towards their young and chasing them away. » Read more

East Sussex WRAS rescuer Trevor Weeks rushed to Brighton Town Centre after receiving a call about a fox which had fallen into a basement in Upper North Road Brighton, just off the Town Centre.

The fox had fallen about 15ft into a basement area, and as Trevor opened the basement door the fox jumped into an even lower basement area another 5ft down. » Read more

Residents of Buxted might have thought Santa and his reindeer had got into trouble this morning, but luckily it turned out to be a buck fallow deer entangled in electric rope in a field behind Buxted Court Buxted.

Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out just after 9am Christmas Day morning after the deer was spotted entangled and unable to get free. » Read more

Local wildlife rescuers are having a white Christmas after a joke which has back fired!

Chris Riddington and Trevor Weeks MBE from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were challenged by WRAS volunteers Holly and Amy Davies to bleach their hair white for Christmas if they made a donation towards some new isolation cages needed at the hospital. » Read more

Motorists are being asked to keep an eye out for low flying swans and swans wandering around roads.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service is urging motorists to take care and keep an eye out for swans on our roads.

“At this time of year juvenile swans are being pushed away by their parents who are starting to think about next year’s nest and young. Unfortunately juvenile swans are not brilliant at flying because of being so young and inexperienced. As a result they often crash land, misjudge distances and wind speed resulting in them crashing before their intended destination. Some swans are being forced to walk away from ponds and lakes by their parents chasing them away, meaning they walk out onto roads.” said WRAS founder Trevor Weeks. » Read more

Two volunteers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service attended last night BBC Sussex & Surrey Community Heroes Awards 2017 at Gatwick Plazza Hotel. 

Congratulations to volunteers Kathy Martyn and Daryl Farmer, who attended the awards last night. Kathy was a finalist in the Animal Welfare Awards and Daryl a finalist in the Fundraiser Award. As if that wasn't enough, Daryl won his category to everyone's delight after his amaziong 96 day row single handedly across the Atlantic last winter. » Read more

The moments a deer was rescued and released have been caught on camera by the rescue team undertaking the rescue in a field just behind houses in Buxted East Sussex this morning.

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out after a resident of Buxted Court noticed the deer from his window up on the bank of a wooden stream opposite. The deer was thrashing around with rope attached to its antlers. It had already pulled several posts out of the ground but could not get free.  Rescuers arrived on scene and had to negotiate the wooden bank, stream and barbed wire fence in order to get to the deer. » Read more

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service who are also trained British Divers Marine Life Rescue Marine Mammal Medics attended to this injured seal on Hastings beach last night.

The callers found the injured young seal with a nasty wound to it's face and rang the East Sussex WRAS's rescue line. Duty Rescue Coordinators Chris Riddington advised the caller to stand between the seal and the sea blocking it's escape path whilst rescuers rushed over from the charities base at Whitesmith. » Read more