A new Casualty Care Centre is now up and running at Whitesmith just off the A22 between Hailsham and Uckfield. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service has opened the new Centre after having to close its old unit at Horsebridge due to rising veterinary costs and because of having no room to expand.
Three hedgehogs became caught in netting in a school playing field over Christmas and two died as a result. The third was discovered and rescued successfully. As a result East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) is writing to all schools and colleges across East Sussex to stress the need for netting to be removed over school holidays.
A sheltered housing scheme is being launched by a local charity but rather than for elderly humans the scheme aims to help young orphaned hedgehogs.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) is appealing for funds to help set up a series of sheltered housing and rearing facilities to help over winter at least 50 hedgehogs this winter.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) is appealing for witnesses to a horrendously cruel act of violent towards a hedgehog, to come forward to name and shame a group of youths seen kicking a hedgehog close to death in Eastbourne yesterday afternoon (Sunday).
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service is struggling to survive to due to the sheer volume of casualties is has had to deal with this year. Almost 2300 incidents have been dealt with so far this year which is the equivalent of a years worth of work in 7 months.
One of the most popular wildlife rescue organisations in East Sussex, has become so overloaded with the demand for call-outs and casualties coming in that it is being forced to limit the number of incidents it can deal with on a temporary basis.
So far during 2008 East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) has dealt with over 2100 incidents which is 800 incidents more than this time last year. The number of incidents is almost as high as the total number of incidents dealt with during 2007.
The BBC1 television programme Animal 24:7 has been filming with WRAS and has been commissioned to film another series. WRAS are to feature in several of the programme which are due to be broadcast early in 2009.
WRAS’s main veterinary ambulance featured on the programme is available for sponsorship and costs £5,000 to run for a year. A second ambulance which is only featured in a more minor way on the programme is also available for sponsorship for £3,000 for a year.
Wildlife Hospitals and Sanctuaries across East Sussex are full to bursting and struggling to deal with the hundreds of calls-outs which are coming in each week.
"All the main organisations we use are telling us that they are full and one centre is no longer answering it rescue line as it cannot cope with the calls and has no space left. At WRAS our rescue centre is constantly turning over casualties and farming them out to our dedicated volunteers who are doing a marvelous job but we have now dealt with over 500 more incidents than this time last year." said Trevor Weeks, founder of East Sussex WRAS.
A voluntary charity has been pushed to its limits after receiving calls about 69 incidents in 48 hours involving 76 casualties. Throughout Tuesday and Wednesday (3rd and 4th June) volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service has received calls concerning 69 incidents across the county.
East Sussex’s best known wildlife rescue charity is appealing for volunteers not to help with rescues, but to help behind the scenes with the organisation and running of the charity. East Sussex WRAS is looking for volunteers who love animals but who are unable to help with rescues, to get involved with record keeping, organising events and co-ordination of other volunteers within the organisation.