Traditionally April to the end of September has been WRAS's busiest time of year although in the 2014 the season started early and finished early, started late in 2015 and went well into September, and in 2016 it start mid April and through till October merging with a fairly busy Autumn hedgehog season, meaning WRAS completely missed its quiet Autumn period. Due to so many people being at home during the Coronavirus lockdowns in 2020, WRAS saw a significant increase in casualties.
Figures recorded between 1st January 2014 and 18th September 2020.
The above table is not completely accurate as this is based on the initial call out assessment, which can change. However, categories like Cat, Dog or predator attacks are only used where the someone has actually witnessed that animal attacking the casualty, otherwise the injuries are recorded as one of the injury categories where the cause is not known.
Human attacks, cat attacks, dog attacks, road casualties are suspected to be much higher than recorded here as they are often not witnessed but the injuries and location are consistent with those type of incidents.
Mange cases are much higher than recorded above but often we are called out for a different reason. So a collapsed mange fox would be recorded as collapsed not mange. Or a fox trapped in a basement or compound wound be recorded as that rather as mange even if it had mange. This table records the incidents which we are called to.
Above is a table of the top 100 towns and villages which East Sussex WRAS attends. Eastbourne has always been the heart of our area and we are best known in that town than anywhere else hence the highest number of calls to that area.
There are rescue organisations in Tunbridge Wells, Bexhill, Hastings and Brighton so often calls local to them are passed to them in the best interest of the casualties welfare.
The above graph shows a selection of mammals we deal with. The Hedgehog is the most common mammal being dealt with way more than any other species. This is probably because they are resident in our towns and cities and are not able to run away as fast as other species like Foxes, therefore get themselves into trouble more.
Below are a few graphs show different types of call-outs and the frequency throughout the year.