Press releases

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) is asking members of the public to keep their dogs under control whilst walking on the Lewes Railways Lands and River Ouse after dealing with two fatally injured swans since Christmas.

The latest incident which occurred on Saturday 18th January 2020 in the fields close to one of the drainage dykes. A previous incident occurred on 28th December 2019 opposite the rowing club on the eastern side of the Lewes Railway Lands. Rescuers from East Sussex WRAS rushed to the scene on both occasions to find very badly injured swans with nasty injuries to its backs and necks which resulted in the bird being put to sleep by vets. » Read more

Its Back!!!

Saturday 21st March 2020. 7pm. East Dean Village Hall.
This is far from the run of the mill boring Quiz Nights! With a mixture of questions involving tasting, watching, listening, making and more!
Tickets are £12.50 in advance or £15 on the door (space permitting).Teams of up to 6 people allowed. Licenced Bar.
Ticket price includes entry per person and a pasta based meal (vegan option available on request in advance).
It’s a fun evening to raise money for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service Reg Charity 1108880.
East Dean & Friston Village Hall, Village Green Lane, East Dean, Eastbourne BN20 0DR Doors open at 7pm, Finishes 10pm roughly.
It is customary for WRAS Founder to wear fancy dress, you are welcome to do so. There may be a medical theme this year. There will be extra points added for the team with the best fancy dress - but this not compulsory!
Tickets available in advance via Eventbrite. To Book Click HERE » Read more

There have been quite a few reports in the media recently about the number of hedgehogs coming into care being up on previous years. Numbers here at WRAS have certainly been up, and we are working very hard to cope with the numbers.

Please please please, if you find a hedgehog which is too small to hibernate, DO NOT just pick it up and place into a hutch and start feeding it. Frequently the small hedgehogs are too small to hiberbate due to internal parasite issues, as it is not just because they have been born late in the year that they are in trouble. A hedgehog with internal parasite problems will need testing as they show virtually no outward signs of having them. So please contact a rescue centre so they can check it over and treat it if necessary. » Read more

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