Finding a casualty can be quite a traumatic experience. It causes people to feel a wide range of emotions from frustration and anger to being upset and crying. In addition, it can be very difficult to find someone to help. This compounds the frustration and multiples the emotions. Covid has not helped with resources being more limited nationally, with some rescue centres having only just re-opened their doors, and other working limited hours still and many just not able to provide an out of hours, because they don’t have the resources.
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Storm Francis has luckily now passed but has left East Sussex Wildlife Rescue with numerous young pigeons and doves to rear after blowing them out of their trees and nests.
East Sussex WRAS's pigeon & dove expert Kathy Martyn now has 28 she is rearing!
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service has seen a record breaking year for casualties being rescued or treated via its base at Whitesmith, near Lewes.
“May and June saw WRAS deal with over 800 incidents each month, over 200 more than the same period in previous years. That’s our busiest season by a long way!” said WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE
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Rescuers worked until the early hours of the morning to rescue four bats stuck in a drain in Stone Cross on Monday night.
Amanda Pye from Beechfield Close, Stone Cross said "We heard a strange noise coming from outside the front door and at first we weren't sure what it was or where it was coming from. After some looking around we found these little creatures chattering away in the bottom of the drain so we called WRAS for help”
Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue were called down to Eastbourne after staff at the Suzuki Garage by Whitley Road railway bridge noticed a young deer caught in the fencing.
Duty Rescue Co-ordinator Ellie Langridge and Care Team member Holly Davis were the first on the scene and called in support from WRAS founder Trevor Weeks and rescuer Ollie Long. WRAS's vet Mike Symons also attended on site as the deer was going to need sedating.
Rescuers this morning were called to Fernley Park in Uckfield after a mum and 6 ducklings became trapped in a garden. They must have nested somewhere in the garden but had no way of getting out and to a pond. The only way for them to walk out of the garden was to go through a garage and out onto the street before wandering to one of three local ponds. Rescuers Thea Taylor and Ellie Langridge slowly and gently encouraged them towards the garage but mum was very reluctant to enter the garage. "With the other garage door wide open to the street, so mum could see she could get through, we were able to get a rather reluctant mum into the garage. The ducklings needed a bit of help getting in, but were soon following mum" said rescuer Ellie. Once in the garage mum was quick to walk through and out onto the street, where rescuer Trevor Weeks was already at the road side keeping an eye out for traffic. "She very quickly crossed the road and walked into a small close, before heading off across the grass to a wooded stream" said Ellie. Mum and 6 ducklings were soon under a fence and further down the stream to a wooded pond on the edge of the house estate. "It is never easy to know where mum will want to walk her young, and it is never a good idea to jump to the conclusion that the nearest pond is where she is heading, or when your back is turned she will walk off and potentially get run over. So where possible we always let mum walk to wherever she wants to go" explained Trevor Weeks WRAS's Rescue Co-ordinator. "Trying to get mum and ducklings through a garage is always challenging and sometimes mum will point blankly refuse to go through, but on this occasion she was fairly co-operative so we could help her get safely to the pond".
This afternoon (Tuesday 30th June 2020) WRAS's staff, vets and volunteers have had to deal with a horrendous case of a hedgehog which managed to get into a pot of glue in a shed in Eastbourne. Staff tried their best to remove the glue but the hedgehog was so badly covered that it just became mission impossible to remove it all. The glue was inside the poor creatures mouth, around its genitals, between toes, all over the stomach, and in between the spines. Our vet was also very concerned about the hedgehog's poor breathing due to the toxic fumes. Staff tried removing the glue, with various cleaning agents, but there was just too much glue in too many tight spaces to remove it without causing the poor animal suffering. We have some very upset staff at the centre this afternoon as a result.
Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out by staff from Eastbourne College after a fox was found with its head stuck in a plastic drain surround.
Rescuers Trevor Weeks and Ellie Langridge attended on site where luckily the fox was contained behind some hoarding from recent construction work. The college Security unscrewed the hoarding to allow rescuers to gain access to the fox.