Press releases

Rescuers had a difficulty rescue this afternoon in Lewes Library.

A pigeon managed to get itself down inside a hollow pillar inside the Library after flying in through an open window.  Rescuers, working on the first floor, had to use a ladder to reach the top of the pillar before using an extending pole with a small net head on the end. It took about 5 minutes to get the bird into the net head but longer to then try and get the bird up and out without losing the bird or it escaping. » Read more

A young tawny owl which was rescue over the weekend with a nasty fractured leg and in need of a specialist operation has been flown from Sussex to Gloucestershire by plane.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) rescued the bird but due to the specialist nature of the operation required the bird needed to go to Vale Wildlife Rescue in Gloucestershire. » Read more

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) has been called out to three fox cubs within the last 12 hours.

The first was at 10:30pm (15th May 2018) in London Road Hailsham after being hit by a car. A WRAS volunteers found the cub and kept it safe till a WRAS Veterinary Ambulance arrived. The cub was very poorly and barely alive.  The cub was monitored closely on the way back to WRAS’s Casualty Centre and stopped breathing, so the ambulance had to pull over and emergency first aid given to get the cub breathing again.  Once at WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre vets were contacted and the cub gently warmed up as well as being medicated and give vital fluids.  He was placed in WRAS Intensive Care Unit and monitored closely. Over the next hour the cub regained consciousness and stabilised so was moved to a larger cage and was encouraged to lap cat food mixed with rehydration fluid.  WRAS’s Care Team are working hard to pull him through. » Read more

WRAS's Chris Riddington is been given the amazing challenge of completing the 100km non-stop Race to the Stones.

He will be follow in the footsteps of Vikings, Romans, dragons & Kings travelling along the Chilterns to the mystical North Wessex Downs past mighty iron age forts, ancient monuments and through some of Britain’s most stunning landscapes.  A 5,000 year trek back in time. » Read more

Rescuers were called out after a lady, on the Town Farm Estate in Hailsham, heard a flapping noise coming from a drain.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) attended on site and at first couldn’t see anything in the drain. “The lady who called us had to go out, and said the bird had been flapping around in the water, however when we arrived we couldn’t see anything. However I noticed a pipe low down close to the water, which the bird might have been able to get into” said Trevor Weeks Duty Rescue Co-ordinator for WRAS. » Read more

The 6th – 12th May 2018 is Hedgehog Awareness Week.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) is urging everyone to “Think Hedgehog” and help support this much loved British mammal which is in decline.

Most hedgehogs have come out of hibernation now and are actively seeking partners and mating.  It won’t be long before the first litter of urchins (baby hedgehogs) are born. » Read more


East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) rushed to the aid of a hedgehog reported as being stuck on the back of a crocodile in Eastbourne today.

"We are quite lucky in the UK that our wildlife is quite tame in comparison to other countries, so we were a bit worried when we were told the hedgehog was on the back of a crocodile, but relieved when we were told the crocodile was not real" explained Chris Riddington Duty Rescue Co-ordinator. » Read more