An ambulance service has been inundated with calls to road casualties across East Sussex in the past month and very few of the patients have survived the horrendous injuries and wounds they have suffered. These are not human casualties however, but wildlife casualties.
A volunteer rescue service has been busier this year than in any previous year helping to rescue gull chicks falling off roof tops. So far in 2009 WRAS has been called out to over 200 call-outs to gull chicks in trouble and just over half of them have been returned to their parents thanks to WRAS's two main ambulances which carry ladders. The rest of them have either died from injuries or ill health or been taken in for hand rearing. These figures are up on last year which is probably more to do with WRAS being the only organisation which carries ladders and is capable of returning gull chick to their parents and due to other organisations just telling people to leave them under bushes for cats to take.
The UK Border Agency had to call for back-up on Saturday evening (12th June 2009) after a fight between two rival groups over a youngster. However the disturbance was not of a human but of two rival species of gulls.
Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out by Newhaven's UK Border Agency at about 9pm after a gull chick fell from a roof and resulted in a fight between neighbouring Herring Gulls and Black Backed Gulls on the roof of their offices at Newhaven Harbour.
Yesterday (29 April) saw volunteer rescuers dedicate 22 hours continuously from 6.30am till 4.30am this morning undertaking rescues!
At 6.30am yesterday morning WRAS received a call about a baby badger which had fallen down an embankment wall into a garden in Hastings and could not climb back out. Trevor Weeks Rescue Co-ordinator for WRAS attended on site at about 7.30am to find a young badger very lively running round the garden franticly trying to get out. The badger promptly hid behind a shed which make capture very difficult.
The public have really pulled behind a campaign to find the culprits of the shootings of several birds across East Sussex. Sussex Police and East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) have had numerous calls from the public concerned about the recent spate of shootings across East Sussex.
Rescuers from a Sussex wildlife charity are issuing a warning to people across East Sussex to stop shooting birds after being called out to 5 birds in two weeks.
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) has been called to five birds which veterinary examinations have revealed the birds to have been shot at...