Our three young tawny owls together in our indoor pen

Our three young tawny owls together in our indoor pen

Although we have released quite a lot of casualties over the past few weeks, we still have about 220 casualties in care either at our Casualty Centre or in our off site pens.

We currently have  23 Feral Pigeons, 18 Wood Pigeons, 4 Dove, 30 Hedgehog, 11 Crow, 9 Jackdaw, 3 Magpie, 11 Fox, 5 Gulls, 20 Blackbirds, 5 Starling, 19 Sparrow, 1 Stock Dove, 9 Tits, 1 Mouse, 26 ducklings, 3 Finchs, 8 Robins, a Dunnock, 4 Tawny Owls, 2 Weasels, 4 Rabbits, 1 Buzzard nestling.

Bird Aid at Hailsham have very kindly been taking on gull youngsters on a daily basis from us too.

Kathy and I had the delight of releasing 11 of our grown up ducklings at Rocks Park lake in Uckfield last week.  It’s hard to believe that the teenage ducks were once small bundles of fluff. We have had almost 70 ducklings in 25 up on last year.

Last week I mentioned about a pregnant female hedgehog which was found out during the day at Hawks Farm School in Hailsham about 3 weeks ago.  An ultrasound showed she was pregnant and last week she gave birth. She is in Kathy’s Hedgehog maternity shed.  We are pleased to report she has 5 healthy babies. Kathy had to check on them on Wednesday last week in the hot weather as they were squeaking and found one more than we first thought. Mum was sleeping in the front of the hutch away from them due to the heat. They weighed 32, 33, 34, 38 and 43grams, and mum is an amazing 1.2kg.  They will be returned to the wild once the youngsters are bigger.

Rubble being released in Lewes

Rubble being released in Lewes

Seven of our young feral pigeons have been moved to their release aviary – two are from Sarah and Lou in Surrey, and one of them is Dougal who was almost decapitated with neck injuries down to his spine, and also Snow White who had an awful injury to her neck.

Chris and I attended a rescue at Seaford Head 6th Form College after two pigeons became trapped inside a netted off area of the school.  They had been there for several days flying back and forth, and clearly weren’t going to get out.  It is believed they came a classroom window crossed the room and then out the other window into the netted off area the other side!  As the area was long and narrow, Chris drove them down towards me and I caught them as they tried to perch. They were soon rescued and then taken down the road for release.

Kathy has her work cut out with this very small feral pigeon chick, probably only a few hours old. She has been up through the night working hard with this little one and we will let you know how she does.

Our youngest tawny owl chick is now feeding himself and so we have put him with the older two in one of our indoor aviaries, they are getting on really well together.

Baby Feral Pigeon only a few hours old

Baby Feral Pigeon only a few hours old

“Rubble” was a hedgehog found in Lewes with a nasty fractures high up in one of his back legs back in mid May Our vets were not sure they would heal well enough as he also had infected wounds which needed stapling. It was touch and go for a while with his healing. Amazingly he has recovered and was doing so well we were able to return him this week back to Lewes to be released in his home range again.

Another casualty with multiple fractures which we were not expecting to be releasable was a fox cub from Buxted. He was the first casualty to be rescued using our new Kia Ceed ambulance which we purchased thanks to a discount from the Birchwood Kia in Eastbourne.  He had multiple fractures, causing problems with a rear leg and pelvis. He has fully recovered and jumping and running well. So last week he was also returned to Buxted and released back to the wild.

Kia ambulance purchased with the help of BIrchwood Kia in Eastbourne

Kia ambulance purchased with the help of BIrchwood Kia in Eastbourne

We have all been working very hard over the past few months working some very long hours, and we are all getting very exhausted.  With the phone ringing round the clock, and babies needing feeding through the night,  we hope things are starting to quieten down, but there are still two months of the main orphan season left.   We are in need of committed volunteers to help with the feed and clean shift, orphan rearing shifts and rescuer work, as we expand our ability to help our wildlife. But, please read the full details on our website under “How you can help” and “Volunteering” to find out exactly what is involved and where we are.  We are very busy so don’t have time to book inductions for people who don’t turn up so please ensure this is something you can commit to before applying to join of fantastic team of over 100 volunteers. In particular we need people for Monday and Saturday mornings 9am-around 1pm.

We’ve recently uploads a few new videos to our You Tube page so have a look at www.youtube.com/user/eastsussexwras.



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