Waterrail from Eastbourne

Waterrail from Eastbourne

We’ve had a lovely Water Rail come into care after being caught by a cat in Eastbourne.He is suffering from some damage to one wing, he was treated at our Casualty Centre and given first aid, but the wing injury needs more specialist help so is going up to the Swan Sanctuary for their specialist vets to assess.

Thank you to the staff and customers at Hailsham Tesco for being so kind, helpful and supportive towards us whilst catching a pigeon trapped in the store last week.  We also rescued a balloon from the ceiling too whilst we were there. It took us about an hour to catch the pigeon stopping and starting to ensure we didn’t cause problems for customers in the store.  Our first attempt got him into the net but due to the location it was very difficult to keep him confined using a second net head and he escaped. A second attempt also failed due to the pipes and difficulty of the location in the ceiling. The third attempt by the frozen food aisle worked and we managed to bring him slowly down to ground level where he was then secured. He was rather underweight and dehydrated so was admitted into WRAS Veterinary Hospital for care.

Frammel the Fox about to be released

Frammel the Fox about to be released

The WRAS rescue line received multiple calls to sightings of an injured barn owl on the side of the A27 near Kingston near Lewes during rush hour. Two of the callers stopped and ushered the bird away from the roadside, but the frightened owl kept returning to the verge. Rescuer Chris arrived on site and managed to spot the owl and easily secure it using a net and a towel. It was taken back to our centre where Casualty Manager Lindsay gave first aid and gently warmed the owl up enough to be able to take fluids. Once stable it was rushed up to Henley House vets in Uckfield for further treatment and an X-ray. The X-ray showed a broken Ulna, luckily the radius acts as a natural splint and the bone should heal with time. We have taped the wings to stabilise the fracture and to prevent any further damage. Thank you to everyone that called and helped saved this owl a lot of suffering.

A Tawny Owl which we collected from vets in Haywards Health after being picked up by a kind motorist out of the road near Horsted Keynes, back in January was released by rescuers Jen and Brian last week. He took longer than normal to treat due to an injury to his leg. Birds of Prey need full use of their legs in order to hunt, perch and eat food properly without falling over. It has taken quite a while for the leg to recover full movement and at times we were concerned whether he would or not. But luckily he has made a full recovery and was released back to his home range.

Hailsham Tesco Pigeon

Hailsham Tesco Pigeon

On the 16th November 2015 WRAS was called to a Fox in Framfield Recreation Ground which was hypothermic, was emaciated had severe mange and a wound to its throat. The fox was gently warmed up, medicated and our vet Mike was called in placed the fox on IV fluids. We really didn’t think the fox would survive. The fox recovered from mange and its emaciation but had problems walking due to muscle wastage associated with its condition and how long the fox had been struggling before being admitted and he was knuckling on both back legs. Several times we considered putting the fox to sleep due to its slow progress but as we were continually seeing a small improvement we decided to keep going. For the past 6 weeks “Frammel” the fox has been in one of our rehabilitation pens acclimatising and improving the use of his legs. Finally last week he was released back at Framfield, and he clearly knew where he was and shot off like a rocket when released clearly happy to be home. Well done to all our WRAS volunteers for looking after him for so long.

Uckfield has some lovely independent shops in the town, one of them Paws ‘n’ Claws Pet Food Store in Uckfield have very kindly offered to donate a tin of cat food to WRAS when people visit and spend £5 or more and mention WRAS, to help us look after our hedgehogs!  Paws ‘n’ Claws Pet Food Store is run by one of our supporters Justine who is always helping out WRAS. Her store is located in a lovely little close called Olive’s Yard half way up Uckfield High Street by a shop called TN22 and Costa Coffee – and don’t forget to mention WRAS!


Very Poorly Barn Owl from Lewes

Very Poorly Barn Owl from Lewes

Trevor Weeks MBE

Founder & Operations Director

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

Reg Charity 1108880

Reg Address: 8 Stour Close, Stone Cross, BN24 5QU

Hospital Address: Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, Lewes, BN8 6JD

24hr Rescue Line: 07815-078234

Private Mobile: 07931-523958


An award winning community charity.

IFAW Animal Action Award Winners 2010

ITV1 British Animal Honours Awards Local Charity of the Year 2013

BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey Community Heroes Award for Animal Welfare 2012


About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.