Press releases

The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) is reaching out to the public for help in identifying oil-covered guillemots on the beaches of East Sussex. In recent days, WRAS has encountered several of these seabirds in the Bexhill, Cooden Beach, Rottingdean and Brighton area, and is urging individuals to report any sightings for assistance. » Read more

Saturday 17th February is Random Act of Kindness Day and people are being asked to make random act of kindness by helping their local wildlife rescue.

Wildlife Rescue organizations nationwide are among the most underfunded and least invested in. Compared to various other types of organizations, they have very limited funding sources and heavily depend on public support. » Read more

A rare bird has been admitted into care at East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) today after being found in front of a school hedge in Uckfield.

A passing member of the public found the bird on the floor not moving. They contacted WRAS and liaised with staff Harlands School to get the bird into a box. East Sussex WRAS sent a veterinary ambulance to attend Harlands School in Mallard Drive Uckfield at 9:50am this morning where they were able to confirm it was a rare waxwing. » Read more

A section of golf course was closed today in order to keep a deer safe and allow it’s rescue to take place.

East Sussex National Golf Course had to temporarily close a section of the course after a golfer discovered a young fallow buck attached to a tree by rope.  Grounds staff reacted quickly, kept people away and called East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service. » Read more

A fox has had to be put to sleep this afternoon after being rescued by East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service due to the severity of its injuries and the resulting infection caused by being shot in the head by an air rifle.

Rescuers were called down to Pinewood Close, Hampden Park this afternoon after receiving reports of a poorly collapsed fox with flies buzzing round it. When rescuers arrived, the fox was able to stand and attempted to flee but rescuers were able to easily catch the fox with nets. » Read more

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service has sent a letter to various local authorities in the county as well as housing developers appealing for help and support as the number of casualties being dealt with increases.

Trevor Weeks MBE, founder and Operations Director for the charity believes that many councils and developers are so much better than they used to be in mitigating wildlife and environmental factors than they were when he first started rescue work back in the 1980s, but feels that the long term effects and the costs of dealing casualties caused as a result of these developments as wildlife is forced to adapt and live side by side with humans is ignored. » Read more

Yesterday rescuers were called out to a very challenging and dangerous deer rescue near High Hurstwood near Uckfield.

Mid morning East Sussex WRAS received reports that two Fallow Bucks were tied together by electric rope in a field. A emergency alert was put out to WRAS's rescuers asking for help, and a team of 6 rescuers were sent to the scene to help along with two veterinary ambulances. » Read more

Just over a week after having dealt with a fallow caught in electric fencing near Uckfield, rescuers have again been called out to a buck with its antlers attached to rope of an old rope swing, off Trolliloes Lane, Cowbeech near Hailsham.

Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out just after 12noon today (Saturday 9th September 2023). One of WRAS's technical rescue veterinary ambulances attended along with a team of five rescuers. » Read more