Press releases

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service has dealt with numerous calls to crashed swans over the past week.

It is that time of year when young swans are leaving their parents and flying around, but they are still wearing their L plates.  East Sussex WRAS is urging anyone who sees a swan crash land to call their local wildlife rescue as often these swans injure their keel or have very painful injuries which cannot be seen externally.   The service is asking people not to herd swans into nearby ponds and rivers but to stay with the swan, keeping them safe and to call for help. » Read more

With another National lock down looming and with an increase in Covid-19 cases, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service is again, going back to operating on a skeleton crew. Our staff and a very limited number of volunteers will again continue working at the Casualty Centre and will prioritise looking after the casualties in our care. Our Rescue Line will continue to operate during the day time and continue to deal with only emergencies during the night. If you can help support us this winter so we can continue to attend as much as possible please do. We already estimate that our casualty numbers will reach 5000 by the end of the year, over 1000 more than last year! So please help if you can. Donations can also be made at or posted to East Sussex WRAS, PO Box 2148, Seaford, BN25 9DE » Read more

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service were called out to a hedgehog which crawled out from under a bonfire this afternoon in Pevensey Bay.

Rescuer Thea Taylor rushed to the scene to aid the hedgehog after residents in Coast Road,  Pevensey Bay, spotted the hedgehog crawling out from under the bonfire mid afternoon today (Tuesday 20th October 2020). » Read more

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. » Read more

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 » Read more