Press releases

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service were called out to a hedgehog which crawled out from under a bonfire this afternoon in Pevensey Bay.

Rescuer Thea Taylor rushed to the scene to aid the hedgehog after residents in Coast Road,  Pevensey Bay, spotted the hedgehog crawling out from under the bonfire mid afternoon today (Tuesday 20th October 2020). » Read more

Finding a casualty can be quite a traumatic experience. It causes people to feel a wide range of emotions from frustration and anger to being upset and crying. In addition, it can be very difficult to find someone to help. This compounds the frustration and multiples the emotions. Covid has not helped with resources being more limited nationally, with some rescue centres having only just re-opened their doors, and other working limited hours still and many just not able to provide an out of hours, because they don’t have the resources. » Read more

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service has seen a record breaking year for casualties being rescued or treated via its base at Whitesmith, near Lewes.

“May and June saw WRAS deal with over 800 incidents each month, over 200 more than the same period in previous years. That’s our busiest season by a long way!” said WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE » Read more

Rescuers worked until the early hours of the morning to rescue four bats stuck in a drain in Stone Cross on Monday night.

Amanda Pye from Beechfield Close, Stone Cross said "We heard a strange noise coming from outside the front door and at first we weren't sure what it was or where it was coming from. After some looking around we found these little creatures chattering away in the bottom of the drain so we called WRAS for help” » Read more

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue were called down to Eastbourne after staff at the Suzuki Garage by Whitley Road railway bridge noticed a young deer caught in the fencing.

Duty Rescue Co-ordinator Ellie Langridge and Care Team member Holly Davis were the first on the scene and called in support from WRAS founder Trevor Weeks and rescuer Ollie Long. WRAS's vet Mike Symons also attended on site as the deer was going to need sedating. » Read more

Rescuers this morning were called to Fernley Park in Uckfield after a mum and 6 ducklings became trapped in a garden. They must have nested somewhere in the garden but had no way of getting out and to a pond. The only way for them to walk out of the garden was to go through a garage and out onto the street before wandering to one of three local ponds. Rescuers Thea Taylor and Ellie Langridge slowly and gently encouraged them towards the garage but mum was very reluctant to enter the garage. "With the other garage door wide open to the street, so mum could see she could get through, we were able to get a rather reluctant mum into the garage. The ducklings needed a bit of help getting in, but were soon following mum" said rescuer Ellie. Once in the garage mum was quick to walk through and out onto the street, where rescuer Trevor Weeks was already at the road side keeping an eye out for traffic. "She very quickly crossed the road and walked into a small close, before heading off across the grass to a wooded stream" said Ellie. Mum and 6 ducklings were soon under a fence and further down the stream to a wooded pond on the edge of the house estate. "It is never easy to know where mum will want to walk her young, and it is never a good idea to jump to the conclusion that the nearest pond is where she is heading, or when your back is turned she will walk off and potentially get run over. So where possible we always let mum walk to wherever she wants to go" explained Trevor Weeks WRAS's Rescue Co-ordinator. "Trying to get mum and ducklings through a garage is always challenging and sometimes mum will point blankly refuse to go through, but on this occasion she was fairly co-operative so we could help her get safely to the pond". » Read more