Press releases

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) Rescue Coordinator and British Divers Marine Life Rescue Medic Chris Riddington took a call at 8.30am this morning to reports of an injured seal on the beach at the Wish Tower Eastbourne.

Chris arrived on site and spotted the young seal on waters edge. "As I approached I could see it was underweight and acting abnormally, as I got closer it returned to the water" Chris explained "I continued to monitor the seal and keep the public away, on a busy sunny day on the seafront it was easier said then done". » Read more

Local Sussex Artist Seb Lester is helping to raise money for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and is issuing this limited edition print called "Angry Bunny" on Friday to raise funds.

This print is a timed-release limited edition, meaning it will be available to buy in his online shop for 48 hours only. Available from 3pm BST (10am EST/ 7am PST) on Friday 4th August to 3pm BST on Sunday 6th August, 2017. The size of the edition will be determined by the number of prints sold in that time period. The prints will be available to buy worldwide and will ship on Monday 21st August. All the proceeds from this print will go to East Sussex WRAS. Seb has a soft spot for wildlife and animals in general, particularly rabbits. » Read more

Wildlife Rescuers had their work cut out this afternoon after a mother duck and five ducklings decided to walk just over a mile through Seaford streets.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service were called to the junction of Princess Drive and Beacon Drive in Seaford at 1:30pm.  On arrival the mum and ducklings were wandering south along Beacon Drive.  Rescuers were unsure where she may be trying to get to but suspected they may be heading for either a pond off Surrey Road near the railway line or Blatchington Pond off Sutton Drove Seaford. » Read more

East Sussex WRAS is experiencing its busiest year ever, especially for evening and night time rescues.

WRAS’s Duty Rescue Co-ordinators Trevor Weeks and Chris Riddington have been working  round the clock this summer to help wildlife in need.

Trevor and Chris take turns doing two weeks on and two weeks off covering the out of hours emergencies from 10pm till 9am.  “This summer has been amazingly busy for us, throughout most of May and June there was hardly a night without us being on the road till gone 1.30am.  At least once a week Trevor or I were on the road till gone 4am” said Chris. » Read more

Rescuers today had to rush to Grassington Road, not far from Eastbourne Town Hall after a male Roe Deer became trapped in a garden.

“The roe deer has been roaming this part of Eastbourne for the past few days and this area west of Eastbourne Town Hall is an area they visit from time to time” said Duty Rescue Co-ordinator Trevor Weeks of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS). » Read more

A animal welfare charity is starting to question whether Sussex is becoming less compassionate towards wildlife after a series of cruelty incidents across the county.

Since November 2016 there have been three incidents of cruelty involving catapults in Hailsham. In the past two months there have been at least 12 shooting incidents as well as three incidents of young people throwing food into roads to encourage birds to get run over resulting in the injury of three birds.  The birds involved have included Peregrine Falcons, Gulls, Pigeons and Geese. » Read more