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Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue helped by staff from Eastbourne Borough Council had to launch an emergency swan rescue after a dead cygnet was found at Decoy Pond, Hampden Park, Eastbourne on Monday. Staff from Eastbourne Borough Council asked specialist veterinary staff from the Shepperton based Swan Sanctuary to post mortem the cygnet. Staff at the sanctuary were shocked at the cygnets condition and that he had weighed just 2.7kg almost half its expected weight due to a severe parasite burden.

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Southern Water staff called out East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) after a goose was found trapped in a sewage tank at the Uckfield Water Treatment Works in Uckfield today.

Friday staff noticed the bird had landed in the circular waste water tank being chased by the constantly rotating arm, which they quickly turned off. Staff thought the bird might be able to fly out of its own accord but on Monday the goose was still there so they called for assistance from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS).

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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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Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) have been working hard all day today (15 October) checking over 7 miles of streams, ponds and dykes in the Shinewater, Hampden Park area of Eastbourne after a major sewage leak.

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A rather unusual but musical rescue took place this week after a heron became entangled in a wind chime. Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out after a resident at Palehouse Common, Uckfield discovered the tall bird flapping around in her garden.

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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

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While many people were tucking into their Christmas Day dinner WRAS volunteer rescuers Trevor Weeks and Kathy Martyn were responding to a call-out by Sussex Police. The call was to a goose found wandering around South Road in Hailsham at about 12.30pm.

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A pair of swans with seven cygnets have been causes chaos of roads round Langney in Eastbourne. Sussex Police have now been called out three time and East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) have received over 100 calls of concern from local residents whilst the family of swans have gone on a walk about round the local housing estate.

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Rescuers are frustrated as the law fails to protect two more swans at Hove Lagoon. Two swans had to be rescued over the weekend and volunteer rescues from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) have been called down to rescue two more swans today, one of which is a possible dog attacked swan and the other which is possibly ill as a result of something in the silt.

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Swans in East Sussex had a rough ride over the weekend with Wildlife Rescuers needing to rescue one swan which had been shot in the head, a dog attacked swan, a road casualty swan and one which kids were attempting to kick.

The four incidents have infuriated the volunteer rescuers which have had to pick up the pieces.

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