Press releases

On the Thursday evening (27/4/17) at 6:17pm East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) received a call from residents on the Kingsmere Estate reporting a creature moving inside a black plastic bag inside a large metal waste bin.

WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE attended on site and was able to use a pole to reach the black bag which started moving straight away. “I was able to pull the bag out of the bin and transfer it into a large animal cage to securely open the bag and prevent anything from escaping. I pulled out the bag and discovered a red and white T-towel over the top of a bloodied feral pigeon” said Trevor.

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An animal charity is urging people to complain to Uckfield Town Council,  Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, Wealden District Council and local MP Nus Ghani to apply pressure to building owners in Uckfield High Street to remove unsightly bird netting, which is unhygienic, not fit for purposes, and causing considerable suffering to wildlife.

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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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