Avian Influenza Announcement: Updated 12noon 23rd Sept 2022.
Despite the National Avian Influenza Prevention Zone having now been lifted, we are aware of numerous cases and outbreaks in captive birds around the country.
The virus is badly affecting gulls and sea birds. As a result, we are restricted on how many we can admit at a time, and we are not able to admit any showing potential signs of Avian Influenza.
If you suspect any live wild bird has avian influenza, please take it to the nearest veterinary practice which has facilities to deal with the bird outside their practice. Please wear disposable gloves, face mask and ideally a waterproof coat which can be washed after.
We are all devastated with what is happened and very frustrated with the situation and apologise for the inconvenience. To read more please go to our Wildlife in Crisis page.
East Sussex WRAS was established as a voluntary group in 1996, but some of its rescuers have been rescuing since 1985. The organisation was set up in order to provide a front-line rescue service for wildlife casualties who unlike their domesticated cousins, do not have owners to help look after them.
WRAS deals with calls from members of the public and other animal welfare organisations like the Swan Sanctuary, Fox Project, Southdowns Badger Group, International Animal Rescue, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Sussex Bat Hospital and many others. Our service is free of charge, we DO NOT charge - but the average cost to the charity of responding to and dealing with a call-out is £85, which includes veterinary bills, food, water, electric, bedding, caging, rescue equipment, vehicles and fuel, phone bills and other necessary expenses, so we appreciate any donations to help cover these costs.
Every year between 3-4,000 calls are made to WRAS’s rescue line. Our rescuers are all volunteers and are funded by kind donations from people like you.
East Sussex WRAS is working alongside the Animal Careers College to improve animal welfare.
We have a new rescue line phone number 0300-10-26-999. Calls to this number are charged at the same rate as calling an 01 or 02 phone number. Calls can be included as part of your free minute if available on your phone contracts.