Trevor releasing a starling from a chimney in Newhaven

Trevor releasing a starling from a chimney in Newhaven

Do you fancy learning the basic principles of Wildlife First Aid and Rescue? Do you want to find out how you can better help when you find a wildlife casualty?


East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) are running the course to help training people in what to do if they find a sick, injured and orphaned wild animal or bird.

The course is divided into three 90-120 minute sessions with PowerPoint presentations showing videos and photos plus a few practical tasks.

Baby Hedgehog

Baby Hedgehog

You can attend the course either as a one day course or three evening sessions.


Session 1) Background, Health & Safety and Basic First Aid Practices and Principles.

Session 2) Wild Bird Rescue plus Wild Amphibian & Reptile Rescue.

Session 3) Wild Mammal Rescue.


The aim of the course is show people how they can help especially in the initial stages of a rescue when you first find a casualty, and what you can do whilst waiting for a rescue service like WRAS to arrive plus give you back ground on what you can do to help when they arrive. The course helps prepare people so they hopefully don’t panic and make the situation worse or make some common mistakes.  The presentations show pictures and video footage of sick and injured casualties so it is not suitable for anyone of a sensitive nature nor those aged under 16.

Blood Covered Swan on Pevensey Levels January

Blood Covered Swan on Pevensey Levels January

WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE is running the courses. He has over 38 years experience of wildlife rescue. He has also worked from International Animal Rescue and British Divers Marine Life Rescue.


The course is not currently suitable for people who are hard of hearing or with visual impairment (although we hope to be able to run courses which are at a later date once we have obtained advice on the best way of doing so).


The venue is at our Casualty Centre on the A22 at Whitesmith and involves climbing a set of stairs, unfortunately there is no lift.

Fox with head stuck in plastic tub May

Fox with head stuck in plastic tub May

Booking Essential – Limited to 6 people maximum per  course.


Tickets cost £25 per person (plus Eventbrite fees).


Currently tickets are still available for:


October evening sessions Wednesday 16th, 23rd & 30th 7pm – 9pm.

February evening sessions Monday 10th, 17th & 23th 7pm-9pm.

March evening sessions Tuesday 3rd, 10th & 17th 7pm – 9pm.

April evening sessions Wednesday 8th, 15th & 22nd 7pm – 9pm.


Full Day Course:

November Saturday 16th 2019 10am till 5.30pm.

February Saturday 1st 2020 10am till 5.30pm.


To Book visit East Sussex WRAS’s website

Hastings Basement Badger th Sept

Hastings Basement Badger th Sept


Trevor Weeks MBE

Founder & Operations Director


East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

Reg Charity 1108880


Office: 01825-873003

24Hr Rescue Line: 07815-078234

Trevor’s Private Mobile: 07494-126280



Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD.