Press releases

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) had to undertake a difficult rescue of a starling trapped inside the Brewers Fayre pub called “The Drove” in Newhaven last night (1st June 2017).

The bird had somehow managed to get inside “The Drove” and customers spent the evening watching the bird flying up high above the tables, flying from beam to beam and across to the windows looking for a way out. The bird was quickly named “Jim” Beam after the Bourbon drink being in a pub and flying around the beams. » Read more

WRAS will be officially launching its replacement Veterinary Ambulance on Tuesday 6th June 2017 at 7pm in the park next to Decoy Pond Hampden Park (near the cafe). Young Ben Sherlock who has raised money for the Ambulance and Atlantic Rower Daryl Farmer two of the sponsors will be presenting the key to WRAS's Trevor Weeks. Please feel free to come along and meet us and see the new vehicle. » Read more

Rescuers had a difficult duckling rescue yesterday early evening at Princes Park Eastbourne. Initial reports were of 7 ducklings abandoned on the lake swimming around without mum. Fearing that mum had left them rescuers Kai Ahmed and Chris Riddington attended on site and began to search the area. Mum had been seen the previous day with 10 ducklings but she was no long present anmnd » Read more

A resident of Snatts Lane Uckfield contacted East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) after finding faeces in a storage room on the first floor of their house. After looking online they thought the faeces belonged to a fox, but they were baffled by how any animal could have got in or what the animal was.  Senior Rescuers Trevor Weeks and Chris Riddington attended on site thinking they were going to end up looking round, surveying and giving advice.  After seeing the photo of the faeces and noticing poisoned bait placed for rodents the situation suddenly turned a lot more serious. » Read more

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) has had a very busy night which has ended up this morning seeing one of its Veterinary Ambulances rush to the aid of a badly injured gull inside a dustbin next to Eastbourne Skate Park at Hampden Park. Grounds staff at the park contacted WRAS after discovering the gull still alive in the bin. When WRAS's veterinary ambulance arrived 20 minutes later the bird had sadly passed away.  Nearby two patches of feather could be seen, and it is thought that the injured Herring Gull was possibly attacked by a dog or fox and then dumped in the bin by someone passing by. » Read more

Rescuers rushed to a hedgehog in Brookside Avenue Polegate Saturday evening (27th May 2017) after a dog picked up a hedgehog in the garden.

The hedgehog was found to have a minor puncture wound on its forehead but taken back to WRAS's Casualty Care Centre for a better assessment. The hedgehog was checked over and found to be a female and pregnant. » Read more

Animal Rescuers had to use a drysuit and nets to catch a Canadian Goose on a pond near Maresfield on Wednesday 24th May.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out to the pond after a dog walker notice the injured goose. Senior rescuer Trevor Weeks MBE waded through the water using a Dry Suit to push the injured goose towards two hiden rescuers at the far end of the pond. » Read more

Wildlife Rescuers are warning people to be on the lookout and to report to Sussex Police people shooting from bedroom windows and across gardens in residential areas as more and more birds start nesting and having their young at this time of year.

The warning comes after a spate of shooting incidents and as we approach the “Silly Summer Shooting Season” which starts as gulls start nesting and having young. » Read more