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.
Most people will enjoy a walk at some point over the Christmas break to walk off their dinner, so WRAS is asking these walkers to lend a hand and keep an eye out for any oiled seabirds which may come ashore.
Most years Christmas sees volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) having to rescue oil covered birds from the Sussex Coast line. Some years the numbers are worse than others, and numbers can vary from less than 100 to almost a thousand.