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.