Tag Archives: wildlife rescue

A children's toy has been used to rescue a sparrowhawk trapped in the warehouse of City Electrical Factors in Bell Lane, Uckfield, last night.

Volunteer rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) based at Whitesmith, were called out yesterday afternoon after a sparrowhawk flew inside the warehouse in Uckfield. Rescuer Kathy Martyn attended on site but due to the height of the roof, decided it would be best to try a night time capture. » Read more

WRAS rescuers were called out by a gentleman who found a baby owl in a woodland whilst walking his dog. The gentleman took the owl home and called WRAS for help. WRAS founder Trevor Weeks, accompanied by rescuers Sue Archer and Plumpton Students Georgina and Rachel attended on site. The baby owl had food in its stomach and had pooed in its carrier so rescuers knew that it had been fed by its mum recently and was not abandoned. It is not unusual for baby owls like this to leave the nest and climb up and down trees, even from this young age. » Read more

A badger was left confused and scared after falling into an empty swimming pool at a farm near Hailsham today (28th April). Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) attended on site to find the badger had made itself at home in some vegetation at the corner of the empty swimming pool. » Read more

A group of ducklings had a narrow escape this morning after being led by their mum across the busy A22 at Eastbourne. Unfortunately the mum was run over and killed but the ducklings scatters across the road panicking. Rescuers from East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) rushed to the scene and spent over 2 hours catching the ducklings on the grass verge and bushes whilst the Royal wedding was taking place. » Read more

Volunteer rescuers have spent four and a half hours trying to rescue 3 fox cubs in a den in a hedgerow at Dallington near Heathfield, East Sussex yesterday (Saturday 9th April 2011).

A horse rider called in East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) after finding a baby fox cub wandering around a narrow lane. She placed the cub back into the nearby den where she saw another cub which was calling. Close by the horse rider then noticed a dead fox and grew concerned for the cubs' welfare. East Sussex WRAS attended onsite and checked the dead fox to find it was a lactating vixen which had been dead for about 24 – 48 hours and probably a road casualty. » Read more

Volunteers at a Sussex animal rescue centre are getting broody, after a week of baby wildlife being admitted to care.

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) has seen three baby squirrels and two baby fox cubs being brought in for care after sadly being abandoned by their parents. They are also caring for an injured baby collared Dove and a baby wood pigeon too. WRAS is now looking after these youngsters and hopes to be able to return them all to the wild. » Read more

Volunteers from a Wildlife Hospital in East Sussex, where hedgehogs are currently being over wintered, have discovered a secret escape committee has been formed. But the naughty hogs have been caught in the act and their secret is no longer safe! East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service captured this picture of one of their hogs getting a helping hand from a fellow housemate. » Read more

Members of the public are being given the opportunity to learn more about wildlife rescue in a series of courses run by East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS).

"There are many calls which we receive from the public where they think that the behaviour of a wild animal or bird means it is sick or injured when in fact it just the animal resting or to do with them mating. But also there are many situations where the public do not realise how serious or life threatening a situation the casualty is in and doesn't get the help or support it needs until it is too late" said Trevor Weeks founder of WRAS, "we hope that these courses will help people to respond and handle wildlife rescue situations better as a result and know when to call for help and how their actions at the beginning make cause unnecessary stress and fear to a wildlife animal which they may not notice." » Read more

A hedgehog has been rescued today suffering from a very unusual condition called "Pop off" Syndrome. It is a condition which is only seen in hedgehogs. It is where the main orbicularis muscle, which is responsible for helping to curl up the hedgehog, seems to slip over the top of the pelvis, sitting like a prickly hat on the back of the hedgehog. The condition disables the hedgehog which is then unable to curl up nor get around and is helpless. Caused normally by some form of trauma but in this case the cause is not known. » Read more