A volunteer at the Seaford Museum had a shock when they discovered a fox inside the museum today (6th August 2013). The popular old Martello Tower Museum on Seaford's seafront has seen many visitors over the years, but they weren't expecting to find a fox visiting.
In mid May WRAS received a call about a seal on the beach just east of Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne. On arrival rescuers were surprised that the seal was a Grey Seal and fit and healthy. Over the next 10 days WRAS working closely with British Divers Marine Life Rescue set up a watch on the seal to keep him safe. The seal moved across to Eastbourne Beach then on to Seaford beach where he stayed for 6 days. A group of school children visiting the Seaford beach wanted to name the seal 'Trevor'!
Joint Press Statement from British Divers Marine Life Rescue and East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service.
A seal was reported on the beach on Sunday 28th April just east of the Hope Gap Steps, which are located just west of the Cuckmere Haven at Seaford. The initial report was of a healthy seal sunning itself. A second report came in half an hour later reporting a 4ft seal injured on the beach with blood on its rear flippers . I attended on site after speaking to BDMLR's Out-of-Hours Co-ordinator. On arrival we found Sussex Police on site due to concerns for public safety. We were rather surprised to find a 7ft long 250kg adult grey seal which do not normally haul out on the East Sussex coast line. The seal was also a long way from the tide and had hauled out at the high tide mark which is unusual for an adult. Unable to get a vet on site Sunday night, the seal was monitored till dark for the animal's and public safety, and volunteer medics returned at first light on 29th April where after a search of the area was found quarter of a mile west of the steps at Hope Gap.
Rescuers rushed to the aid of two baby badgers after they were attacked by a dog on Sunday 14 April. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) attended on site and found the two badgers at the field edge.
Rescuer Kathy Martyn had to be very patient in trying to coax them out. The frightened badgers were underweight, dehydrated and suffering from skin problems too. Local residents had reported the badgers wandering around chasing people walking in the field, until a dog slipped its lead and attacked them.
Five Animal Welfare Groups have put up a total of £2,700 for a reward for evidence leading to the conviction of a person illegally poisoning animals under the Animal Welfare Act in the Seaford area.
The reward comes after growing concerns after a lady visited a Seaford Garden Centre asking to buy rat poison to kill foxes.
East Sussex WRAS has received information about a person possibly in the Central Seaford area who has a dislike of Foxes who may be poisoning foxes. The person lives near the Salts Recreation Ground. Pet owners should keep a close eye on pets in that area and seek urgent veterinary assistance if they suspect poisoning. Information has been forwarded to Sussex Police and forward to DEFRA.
WRAS will be holding a Spring Fair on Saturday 18th April from 9.30am till 12noon at the Clinton Centre, opposite Barclays Bank in Seaford Town Centre. Our Christmas Fair was a great success and we hope this one will be too.
We have also booked the Wesley Room, Cross Way, Steyne Road, Seaford for a Waterfowl Awareness Course for Tuesday 28th April 2009 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. We have had great feedback so far about these courses and they are enjoyable too. They cost £7.50 booking in advance or £10 on the door all money goes to help WRAS casualties. Download the poster for more information
Local BBC South East Today TV News Presenter Beverley Thompson opened WRAS’s Christmas Fair at the Clinton Centre, Seaford on Saturday (6th Dec). Beverley addressed a packed room giving her support for the "valuable work" undertaken by all WRAS volunteers.
A 3-4 week old fox cub found wandering around a garden in Seaford has been safely returned to its den by volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).
At 5.30pm on Easter Monday rescuers were called to a house in Seaford after the residents found a cub wandering around in their garden. Within minutes rescuers were on their way. "We treat these calls as urgently as possible especially when they come in late in the day" explained Trevor Weeks, founder of East Sussex WRAS, "this is our first cub of the season and he needed to be checked on and assessed to see whether he has been abandoned or just become impatient waiting for his mum."
The winter is supposed to be the quietest time of year for WRAS, but yesterday volunteer rescuers were rushed off their feet with calls to over 21 casualties. Normally the January call-out rate is averages about 5 a day. "This has been an amazingly busy day" said Trevor Weeks " it reminds me of the Boomtown Rats’ song "I Don’t like Mondays"! I hope that the rest of the week does not stay as busy."