Press releases

This very unusual Leucistic Hedgehog has come into care from Cooksbridge today via Hamsey Hedgehogs. Very light in colour, but not Albino, this is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal—which causes white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes. Too small to hibernate the hedgehog will be put through the usual health checks and treatment before being fed up and then allowed to hibernate along with the other 98 hedgehogs already in care! » Read more

East Sussex WRAS rescuers were called out this morning to this collapsed fox in Steyne Road Seaford. Initially thought to be trapped under a fence, the fox was actually collapsed around the base of a compost bin.

Rescuers quickly had the fox caught and secured. But the fox's breathing was very shallow. The fox was hypothermic and in shock. In order to stimulate better breathing the whiskers were pinched to create a pain response to stimulate an adrenaline rush which saw a sudden increase and improvement in breathing. The fox was extremely cold so wrapped in a padded foil blanket to increase warmth.
Back at WRAS's casualty centre the fox was given additional heat and medication and is now being assessed by WRAS's veterinary staff. » Read more

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) would like to praise the security staff at Sovereign Harbour who managed to save a fox from drowning in the middle of the night.

Harbour staff noticed the fox in the water around midnight and were able to grab the fox and get it out of the water and into their offices where they then started warming the fox up. » Read more

Pells Pond Rescue & Release footage - 29th Oct and 5th November.

A major rescue operation took place at the Pells Pond Lewes on 29th October to try and catch a duck with a fishing hook attached to its beak and chest. Several attempts to catch the duck failed as the duck could just about fly. Luckily the RSPCA had also received a call about the duck and a joint operation between the two charities finally succeeded. WRAS founder Trevor Weeks, up to his chest in smelly water was able to net the duck at the far end of the pond. The duck was taken back to WRAS's Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith where vet Chris Hall from Henley House Vets in Uckfield was able to remove the hook safety from the chest. After a week of antibiotics the duck was returned and released back home at Lewes. » Read more

The four oiled swans which were rescued a month ago in the Crumbles and Horsey Sewers at Eastbourne, have been returned home today.

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) returned a pair to the Crumbles Sewer behind Manton Court and Leeds Avenue, but the pair from the Horsey Sewer have been returned to Princes Park. » Read more

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) and the RSPCA were jointly involved in a rescue mission to catch a male mallard duck at the Pells Pond in Lewes on Tuesday 29th October 2019.   Members of the public made numerous calls to WRAS and the RSPCA and initial attempts failed to catch the duck as it was so mobile.  Rescuers from East Sussex WRAS decided to get a larger team of rescuers to try and catch the duck which had a fishing hook embedded in its upper beak and also attached to its chest, meaning it was not able to eat properly, nor fly properly. » Read more

Over the last couple of days we have visited the sewer and spoken to the Environment Agency. The main cause of the oil spill was an over filled storage tank which leaked. The protective traps which are designed to stop the pollution from getting to the stream overflowed and the property owner has been told by the Environment Agency to undertake certain work to rectify the situation and prevent a further spillage. The Environment Agency are due to attend on Tuesday where they will remove and replace the protective boom and pads to help clear the remaining oil and any discharge from the drains after heavy rain. The four swans are doing well and ready to return but we are holding off releasing them till the situation improves. It is likely that the second pair which primarily lives in the Horsey Sewer will be released at Princes Park, but it is highly likely that they will return of their own accord at some point. The first pair will be returned to the Crumbles Sewer once we are satisfied that the risk of the oil has reduced far enough. This operation to rescue, treat, and rehabilitation these four swans has cost WRAS over £650 so far in costs. » Read more

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called to help rescue a fox which had fallen into the moat of the 200 year old Seaford Martello Tower yesterday ( 8th Oct 2019).

Volunteers at the Tower which is now a museum of local history, noticed the fox had invaded the moat of the Tower when then opened up the moat doorway. The fox was running around jumping up the brick wall in desperation to escape. In fear the fox was going to injury himself volunteer John Bond called WRAS for help. » Read more