Press releases

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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WRAS's Trevor Weeks MBE has been challenged to run the Eastbourne Half Marathon on 5th March.

2017 is Trevor's 32nd year undertaking Wildlife Rescue & Conservation work. He founded East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) in 1996 and it has become a huge part of his life and part of my family.

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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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 East Sussex WRAS has had its first two dovelets of the year and its only the second week of the year!

Although doves can nest all year round, it is rare for East Sussex WRAS to admit any into care till March. Two dovelets were admitted this week, one from Uckfield and another from Stone Cross Eastbourne. Sadly the smaller dove from Stone Cross  did not survive, but the slightly older one from Uckfield is doing well but not out of the woods yet.

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SUMMARY:

On 14th December 2016 volunteer wildlife rescuer Daryl Farmer, 42,  from Forest Row East Sussex started rowing over 3000 miles solo from La Gomera to Antigua undertaking the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. He is one of only two Classic Solo boats undertaking the challenge.

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Volunteers and staff at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) have seen a 24% increase in the number of wildlife casualties being admitted into their Casualty Centre in 2016. This festive season they have also been kept busy [See List below] and seen their Casualty Centre at Whitesmith East Sussex looking after more than 150 casualties.

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