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Three rescuers and two ambulances rushed to the aid of a swan covered head to toe in blood today (Friday 9th Jan 2015).

Trevor Weeks MBE of Uckfield, Chris Riddington of Eastbourne and Tony Neads of Polegate all from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) rushed to the scene and found the swan  in a field just west of the road between the village of Wartling and Pevensey Service Station.

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A wildlife charity has been kept on its toes over the Festive Period with a variety of call-outs and casualties including a number of serious incidents.

Incidents have included….

2am Christmas Day an ambulance was called out to an injured fox in Eastbourne, but found to be limping but very mobile and not in need of rescue.

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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.

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Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue helped by staff from Eastbourne Borough Council had to launch an emergency swan rescue after a dead cygnet was found at Decoy Pond, Hampden Park, Eastbourne on Monday. Staff from Eastbourne Borough Council asked specialist veterinary staff from the Shepperton based Swan Sanctuary to post mortem the cygnet. Staff at the sanctuary were shocked at the cygnets condition and that he had weighed just 2.7kg almost half its expected weight due to a severe parasite burden.

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An award winning wildlife rescue service is holding a Black Tie charity dinner and evening of entertainment at the Cumberland Hotel on Eastbourne Seafront on Friday 22nd November 2013.

Trevor Weeks MBE founder of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) is inviting people to attend the 3 course dinner where there will also be a champaign reception, silent auction, photographer, DJ and dancing and a guest speaker too.

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Rescuers were horrified to be called out to a hedgehog which had been rescued by local residents after being used as football by local youths in the children's playground at Victoria Gardens in Eastbourne.

Rescuer Tony Neads from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) attended on site to pick up the hedgehog after WRAS received the call. "The poor little girl was very frightened and had a number of broken and bent prickles over her body as a result of being kicked, so I rushed the hedgehog up to our Casualty Centre for further assessment" said Tony.

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A local animal charity is urging people to check their fat ball feeders after a starling was found trapped inside a feeder in Langney, Eastbourne on Tuesday 25th June. The starling became trapped inside the feeder after recent strong winds caused the lid to break off allowing the starling to get inside. The juvenile starling was rescued by Trevor Weeks MBE of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) who came to the bird's aid.

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East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) was called out by British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) late on Sunday night after a seal was reported on the beach at Langney Point, Eastbourne.

Trevor Weeks MBE founder of WRAS and an advanced medic with BDMLR met members of BDMLR on the beach who had been keeping guard of the seal until Trevor and his partner Kathy Martyn arrived. Trevor caught the seal on the beach, and checked it over and found numerous puncture marks and blood on the body, front and rear flippers and on the muzzle.

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The veterinary team at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) are battling to save the life of a fox rescued on Tuesday 29th August, suffering from what they believe could be Warfarin poisoning (rat poison).

Vets from Highcroft Veterinary Group have confirmed that the most likely cause of the foxes symptoms is rat poisoning. This has prompted the charity to issue a warning to residents in the Woodgate Road area of Eastbourne where the fox was rescued.

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East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service founder Trevor Weeks MBE will be at Eastbourne Arndale Centre on Saturday 1st September with a display about the charity and raising funds to keep the valuable local service on the road.

Trevor who was awarded the MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List this summer will be present to meet people and talk about the work of WRAS, which he has been undertaking since 1985.

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