Successful Road Casualty Buzzard Released

A buzzard has been released back in its home range along the Broyle at Ringmer after being treated by a Sussex wildlife charity.

The Buzzard one the county’s biggest birds of prey was found at the side of the B2192 The Broyle between Ringmer and Halland at 11pm on Monday 20th October 2014 by a passing motorist.  East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service’s On-Call Co-ordinator Chris Riddington attend to the buzzard which was very dazed and concussed.

At WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre at Whitesmith, the bird was give emergency medication under veterinary advice and a wound on its chest cleaned up.

The following morning the Buzzard was seen at Henley House Vets in Uckfield where the wound received further treatment and suturing.

“We have dealt with 9 Buzzard in the past 5 years  and all of them have had fractures and internal injuries which had caused them to need putting to sleep. We have even transported them to other rescue centre elsewhere in the country for specialist veterinary advice and support, but they have all had to be put to sleep. This has been quite disheartening” said Trevor Weeks MBE founder of WRAS.

Dazed Buzzard just after admission.
Dazed Buzzard just after admission.

“The Buzzard stayed very concussed and dazed most of the week, but then at the weekend he came round and was much more lively. He was moved to one of our indoor pen so he could spread his wings and fly. Everyone has been working in our centre with a big smile of their faces just so happy that he has recovered so well” said Casualty Centre Manager Lindsay Redfern.

On Monday afternoon 27th October, the Buzzard was taken back to The Broyle and release back into his home range and back to the wild.

“We were so please to see him go. This is what we strive to achieve with all the casualties we have come into care. We really weren’t sure whether he was going to recover. We are really pleased for him. This is yet another example of vital work our out-of-hour rescue service provides” added WRAS Duty Rescue Co-ordinator Chris Riddington.

WRAS’s work is only funded by donations and without the support of the public the charity would not be able to afford to run its out of hours service.  To find out more or to make a donation go to or call 01825-873003.


Press Contacts:

Trevor Weeks, Lindsay Redfern or Chris Riddington – 01825-873003
Trevor Weeks – 07931-523958
Photos taken by East Sussex WRAS.

Video Footage by WRAS; Can be downloaded by clicking here.

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