Avian Influenza Announcement: Updated 12noon 23rd June 2022.
Due to the severity of Avian Influenza in East Sussex presently and the large number of deaths occurring. Like all neighbouring rescue centres we have had no option but to not long admit gulls into our care. This is to protect the birds we already have in care. We are admitting other birds and wildlife but only after assessment outside our centre first.
If you find a gull which is injured or sick please contact your local vets practice. Please do not take birds inside the vets practice. Call them and let them know you are outside with a bird. They will have no option but to euthanize the bird sadly. This can only be done at locations which are suitable and safe.
WRAS is still returning gull chicks to roof tops and wearing PPE in order to safely do so and prevent bringing Avian Flu into our centre.
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.