Avian Influenza Update: 11:30am 7th November 2022.
A new National Avian Influenza Prevention Zone is now in force and cases of wild birds with suspected Avian Influenza have been seen in the county.
Due to the devastating impact this would have on crippling our charity we have no choice but to work with restrictions in place.
We ARE still admitting birds, but working with precautions in place for:
Birds of Prey (Buzzards, Sparrowhawks etc)
Waterfowl (ducks, geese and swans etc)
Coastal/Sea Birds (Gulls, Gannets, Guillemots etc).
If any of the above species are showing neurological signs or appears to be having a seizure, we will not be able to admit them. We would advise people to wear gloves, a face mask and waterproof coat to get the bird into a box and transported to their nearest vets which are able to assess and euthanise any potential cases of Avian Influenza.
We are not able to admit any birds showing potential signs of Avian Influenza.
If you are unsure or need help please call our rescue line and we will help assess the situation over the phone.
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.