A bird of prey gave rescuers a good workout at a sports centre in Eastbourne tonight (Friday 19th September). The sparrowhawk flew inside the large sports hall at Eastbourne Sports Park off Cross Levels Way Eastbourne on Thursday 18th September after chasing a starling inside. Staff at the sports hall left doors open but the hawk was not leaving so they called out volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) for help. Thursday night rescuers had to wait for the evenings sports activities to finish before they could start their rescue mission which kept the rescuers busy till midnight where the mission was put on hold till the following night.
Rescuers were called out to a potentially dangerous deer rescue in a field at Cackle Street, near Uckfield, East Sussex on Saturday (28th July 2012) night. The deer would have starved to death if rescuers had not found the deer and helped it in time.
Volunteer rescuers from Polegate, Uckfield and Chelwood Gate rushed to the aid of an adult male fallow deer with its antlers caught in electric rope. "When we received the call it was clear from the caller that deer was seriously stuck and in need of urgent help. This is the second deer which we have had to rescue at this location caught in rope. When we arrived the deer was exhausted and had been running back and forth trying to get free but sadly just getting more and more entangled. The deer would try running away and then flip over and land on his back quite violently as the rope reached its limit. It was very distressing to see, but as a rescuer you have to put your emotions aside and concentrate on the job at hand" explained rescuer co-ordinator Trevor Weeks MBE.
A baby fallow deer caught in stock fencing would have died a slow death if it wasn't for volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).
On Sunday 18th October WRAS rescuers were called to a footpath just off the A275 south of Dane Hill in East Sussex. Rescuers from Uckfield attended on site taking large stretchers and rescue equipment not believing the deer would be a baby at this time of year. The baby fallow deer was caught in stock fencing in the middle of a hedge and rescuers were surprised to find a 2 week old baby fallow deer suffering from hypothermia. Fallow deer are normally born up until the end of July, it is believed that some are born later but do not normally survive the winter not putting on enough weight.
At 8.45am today (Thursday 21st May 2009) International Animal Rescue, based at Uckfield received a call about a male fallow deer caught in stock fencing near Maresfield. Alan Knight OBE instantly called on support from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) to help. Trevor Weeks, Kathy Martyn and Alan Knight were on site within the hour and found the deer had managed to get free by dislocating its rear left hock joint (ankle).
Volunteer rescuers had a surprise when they turned up for a deer rescue to find it was completely white and thought to be an albino deer. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called about 3pm yesterday (Wednesday 22nd April) about a deer caught in a rope at Mayfield. Volunteer rescuers Trevor Weeks and Kathy Martyn from Uckfield and Tony Neads from Polegate attended on site. The completely white male fallow deer had its antlers caught in the rope from a rope swing in a woodland. The deer was thrashing around at the top of a 20ft sheer drop to a stream.
In the last few weeks volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) have been called out to two herons caught in string and netting erected across fish ponds as heron deterrents. Luckily both heron have been cut free safely.
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.
Deer casualty numbers double
Deer and other wildlife are dying unnecessarily from being caught in wire fencing and discarded netting. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service has dealt with 18 cases of deer caught in stock fencing or netting this year, over double that of 2007 (7 cases).
An Uckfield Veterinary Practice has helped save the life of a young female fallow deer rescued by volunteers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).
Trevor Weeks, Rescue Co-ordinator of WRAS helped by new volunteer Kathy Martyn, caught the deer at near Blackboys and transported it to Henley House Vets where veterinary surgeon Chris Hall was able to place the deer on life saving fluids and give pain relief. Due to the specialist nature of the injury the deer was rushed straight to a specialist Deer Hospital at St Tiggywinkles in Buckinghamshire where the deer in now being treated.
East Sussex WRAS had yet another baby deer come in today via Raystede Animal Welfare Centre at Ringmer. The baby fallow deer was found with its rear leg caught in stock fencing at Newick and was delivered by members of the public to Raystede. Staff at Raystede contacted East Sussex WRAS for help.