Press releases

East Sussex WRAS has had to make a very difficult decision this week to temporarily stop its over night rescue service due to how ill both of WRAS's Duty Rescue Co-ordinators, Trevor and Chris have been recently.

WRAS has not taken this decision lightly, and it has been very difficult for Trevor and Chris to agree to this, but for their own sanity and health it has to happen before anything more serious happens. » Read more

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. » Read more

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. » Read more

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. » Read more

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:
10 Rabbits
1 Greater Spotted Wood Pecker
10 Foxes
2 Kestrels
7 Tawny Owls
1 Chaffinch
1 Bullfinch
17 Sparrows
15 Great Tits
18 Jackdaws
14 Crows
8 Magpies
5 Swallows
1 Badger
1 Gosling
24 Blackbirds
44 Blue Tits
13 Starlings
8 Dunnocks
12 Robins
2 Gulls
14 Ducks
1 Warbler
36 Hedgehogs
21 Wood Pigeons
2 Collared Doves
43 Feral Pigeons
» Read more

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. » Read more