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There is a huge wildlife crisis in East Sussex right now. With Rogers Wildlife Rescue closed, Bird Aid not taking in gulls chicks as normal, this mixed with Avian Flu and the mystery around what is killing gulls along the East Sussex coast, our local wildlife is in serious trouble. » Read more

Another busy day!

An amazing effort is being made by all the organisations across East Sussex under some very difficult circumstances with Avian Flu in parts of Sussex and problems will high numbers of gull deaths along the coast.

To try and keep us all upbeat, we are helping as many as we can, and the best part is when you can reunite a fallen gull chick to its parents so it doesn't become orphaned. » Read more

East Sussex WRAS are aware of substantial number of gulls becoming lethargic and dying in the Brighton & Hove area.

Earlier this week we admitted two gulls which were lethargic but not showing any other signs of illness. Over the next 24-48 hours they rapidly deteriorated and started showing other signs of possible Avian Flu. Another gull was delivered from Brighton showing multiple symptoms which could potentially have been Avian Flu. This bird was euthanised outside and not admitted as a result. » Read more

A nest of 5 baby blue tits had a very narrow escape when their tree was cut down by a chain saw which missed their heads by about 1cm!

“We received a call on Thursday afternoon to say a nest of birds had been found after cutting a tree down on a property at Sedlescombe near Hastings. We sent one of our veterinary ambulances to the scene to assess the young and their condition” said Duty Rescue Co-ordinator Kristy Sayer from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS). » Read more

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) were alerted to a Grey Seal on Hove Beach on Monday afternoon. Local medics attended to keep crowds under control but they noticed some puncture wounds to one of the rear flippers.

They called in assistance from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) to help with the rescue, transportation and treatment. Advanced Medic Trevor Weeks caught the seal on the beach and got the seal safely into a transportation crate. » Read more

Medics from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), and East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out to a Grey Seal on Eastbourne Beach close to Treasure Island this morning (Sat 23rd April 2022) at about 9:30am. After a spate of calls to a regular Grey Seal moulting on local Beaches medics expected the seal to be the same one, as Grey Seals are uncommon on the Eastbourne coastline. Local medics from BDMLR attended on site first of all and report back their concerns to BDMLR's National on-call co-ordinator. BDMLR then requested the help of Trevor Weeks MBE advanced medic who also works for East Sussex WRAS. Trevor attended on site and was also concerned the seal was not the same as previous but also agreed with local medics that the seal's demeanour, puncture wound on a front flipper and weight was of concern. Trevor attempted capture of the seal with support from the local BDMLR medics. Seal's are very strong animals and have sharp teeth so need to be treated to caution and respect. Capture was successful and the seal carried up to WRAS's waiting ambulance and was then transported to East Sussex WRAS's Casualty Centre at Whitesmith. The seal was tubed a rehydration fluid whilst waiting on confirmation from BDMLR that the seal could be transported to specialist seal facilities at RSPCA Mallydams Wood near Hastings. The seal was transported in one of East Sussex WRAS veterinary ambulances to Hastings where it was admitted for assessment and treatment. "The seal was underweight and had a nasty discharge from its nose. Appeared dehydrated and it soon became apparent that the seal was rather chesty too" said Trevor, " some seals are moulting at the moment and its not uncommon for them to come out onto beaches to rest as moulting can be a exhausting process for wildlife animals. We have had numerous calls about a grey seal on Seaford and Eastbourne beach recently but from ID photos taken on each visit we were sure this was not the same seal." The seal will now stay with RSPCA Mallydams Wood till it is ready for release. » Read more