Tag Archives: Lewes

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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WRAS Rescuers Trevor Weeks and Kathy Martyn have rushed to the aid of a poorly pigeon found in the garden of a house in Newton Road, Lewes this evening.

The pigeon is underweight and appears to be suffering with coccidia and possible other parasitic problems.  This one a several which have been rescued in the area recently causing rescuers concerns.

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Worried residents contacted East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) after spotting a swan on the River Ouse at Lewes with fishing line hanging out of its mouth and attached to fishing weights.

Rescuers attended on site on Monday 22nd but were unable to catch the swan from the bank, so asked British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) if they would help provide a boat for the rescue. As the tide was low, the charities planned a rescue for the morning of Tuesday 23rd April. Overnight the weights came loose and disappeared, but it was clear from the swan's behaviour that there was something wrong.

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Members of the public have called out a voluntary rescue service over 27 times believing a swan at the Pells Pond, Lewes, has been stuck in ice. Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) have sent ambulances out up to 3 times a day due to the level of concern which members of the public have had over the lone swan being stuck in ice.

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Members of the public, a council ranger and volunteer rescuers spent almost an hour trying to catch a duck with a 13cm long dart through its neck at the Pells Pond, Lewes, East Sussex today (New Year's Eve).

Trevor Weeks, Tony and Claire Neads from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS), were called to the Pells Pond, Lewes about 12.30pm on New Year’s Eve. Several worried members of the public helped the volunteer rescuers using long handled catch nets round the pond. Rescuers Tony Neads wearing a dry suit climbed into the pond soon followed by WRAS rescuer Trevor Weeks and Lewes Council Ranger Chris Kemp wearing just their ordinary clothes in a desperate attempt to catch the duck.

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Veterinary ambulances from Uckfield and Polegate rushed to the aid of an adult male fallow deer caught by its antlers in strands of rope from an electric fence today. Volunteer rescuers Trevor Weeks (Uckfield), Tony Neads (Polegate) and Kate Cuddis (Hove) and Plumpton College Student Zoe Langley (who lives in Lewes and is on a work experience placement) attended on site but what faced them was a much more dangerous situation that was first thought.

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Trevor is recoverying after being bitten by an Adder during a rescue in Lewes on Saturday. A combination of Trevor's blood pressure problems and the venomous bite causes Trevor to collapse in an almost fatal but rare reaction.

At Lewes Minor Injury Unit Trevor had his bite assessed but then collapsed as his blood pressure dropped and pain increased. Paramedics worked on him for 15 minutes before rushing him by ambulance to Brighton Accident and Emergency Department. At one point Trevor's girlfriend was warned Trevor may not survive. Anti-venom was administered along with other drugs.

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Vets have confirmed that a hedgehog found at Lewes yesterday morning has been kicked and seriously injured. The hedgehog has suffered severe trauma to its mouth and nasal cavity. The upper jaw has been fractured in three places and been pushed backwards.

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Less than a week after a kicked hedgehog was rescued in the public area of Uckfield Community College, another hedgehog has been found in Lewes which has possibly been kicked too!

At 8.15am today students from Priory School in Lewes phoned East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) to report their discovery. Trevor Weeks rushed to the scene whilst the students keep the poorly hedgehog safe on a footpath next to the footpath bridge just east of Lewes Railway Station. On arrival Trevor found a hedgehog with blood coming out of his nose and left eye and swelling to his head and nose, damage to one ear as well as other swelling and bruising.

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12 Turkeys have been spotted in different locations roaming freely round Sussex Towns and Villages over the past 3 weeks. The last report was of 2 turkeys sat on a wall in Juggs Close, Lewes. 7 Turkeys were seen roaming around Alfriston last week in the Weavers lane area and the week before that 3 turkeys were seen wandering around Glynde village near the recreation ground.

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