Book CoverWRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE

We are currently experiencing an unprecedented demand on our service and as a result we have temporarily suspended our out of hours emergency service between 10pm and 9am. 

We will be operating as normal between the hours of 9am and 6pm.

During the evenings 6pm till 10pm we are operating a restricted rescue service dealing with genuine emergency casualties which can’t wait till the morning.

Please ring the rescue line, please do not just turn up at the Casualty Centre as it is not staffed round the clock and to avoid a wasted trip.

Between 10pm and 9am we will be unable to deal with any rescue calls.

If during this time you find a casualty which is in need of veterinary attention please take the casualty to your nearest emergency veterinary centre. Such centres will give basic first aid free of charge.

If the casualty does not appear to require veterinary attention please place the animal or bird somewhere secure where it can’t escape, like a pet carrier or cardboard box. This should be lined with newspaper or ideally something soft like an old towel or T-shirt.

Water should be provided, but most animals and birds do not eat or drink overnight whilst they are asleep. Hedgehogs are nocturnal so should be provided with cat food and water.

If you have a young animal or bird, please do not give it milk to drink, water is sufficient. It is essential young animals and birds are kept warm, so you may need a hot water bottle. This can be a traditional hot water bottle or you can improvise using a disposable glove or marigold gloves with the cuff end tied closed (like a balloon) to form a hot water bottle.

Further advice on common incidents involving wildlife can be found on the advice pages on this website.


Our Hospital is still taking in casualties, and we are still attending rescues where we can, but we are having to work with a reduced crew. This may at times cause some delays in responding. We have reduced the number of volunteers coming to our hospital to work, and all non-essential roles have been stood down. We, like everyone else, need to reduce the risk of catching and spreading the virus too. Our rescue line is still operating and we will continue to do our best under these difficult and challenging circumstances.

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.

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