2022 proved to be a very difficult year for the wildlife of East Sussex. With Rogers Wildlife Rescue closed, Bird Flu causing havoc across the county and the blistering hot weather, our wildlife has really had a disastrous year.
Over 90% of our casualties are either directly or indirectly because of human activity.
Cat and dog attached wildlife, persecution by humans, pollution, entanglements in netting and fencing, wildlife falling and becoming trapped in basements and properties, window strikes, road, and railway casualties as well as the orphans created by them. Now we also face the effects of global warming as our wildlife struggles to find enough food to feed their young during baking hot summers and wildlife struggling to hibernate properly due to mild winters.
There is no local, regional, or national authority responsible for taking care of our wildlife in the UK, just a small number of charities like ours.
If WRAS did not exist, around 5000 casualties a year would end up either being euthanised or being left to slowly die and suffer.
26 years ago, East Sussex Wildlife Rescue was launched as a local community group to change the fortunes of our local wildlife and prevent this suffering and needless deaths!
It is estimated that over 70,000 casualties have been helped because of WRAS since it started in 1996.
Our wildlife is part of our local community, its part of our heritage. It’s good for our mental health and can help teach our children patience, respect and compassion in life. It would be a sad world without our wildlife, and an ecological disaster.
Our local wildlife is at risk!
Many local rescues have closed, too small to cope with the huge demand, financial pressure and emotional toil running such an organisation brings.
East Sussex WRAS is so important for our heritage and wildlife conservation. The charity is a huge benefit to our local community providing an emergency veterinary ambulance service supporting people who find sick, injured, orphaned, and trapped wildlife.
Every year we expand and develop more and more facilities trying to cope with the workload, but we have hit a brick wall. We can’t expand without setting up a new casualty centre. Our wildlife’s lives are hanging in the balance now, without a new centre more and more casualties are not going to get the second chance of life back in the wild that they deserve.
Our wildlife is depending on us, on WRAS’s dedicated staff and volunteers and our ability to help provide professional veterinary care when they are suffering.
We need you to help support us in 2023 and ensure the future and conservation of our wildlife for generations to come?
Please make a donation at www.wildlifeambulance.org or scan the QR code on the video.
Reg Charity 1108880