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Trevor’s Wildlife Week. Ducklings Rescued from Drains in Uckfield reunited with mum.

VIDEO with Logo: https://youtu.be/6dy4WfGaf-Y

VIDEO without Logo:  https://youtu.be/552nFKz0deI


East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) were called out late morning today (15th April 2020) , after a mum and 11 ducklings were found wandering around a close in Roman Way, Uckfield.

Rescuer Holly with a rescue duckling
Rescuer Holly with a rescue duckling

When rescuers arrived, mum and 8 ducklings were wandering back and forth along a fence line trying to find a way through to get to a pond off the River Uck near Hempstead Lane. “We managed to secure open a gap in the fence for mum and ducklings to get through, but as they we did so, it quickly became apparent that there were more ducklings around as their cheaping echoed out of several drains.”

WRAS’s veterinary ambulance was positioned in the road to create a safe working environment for rescuers to lift a drain and attempt a rescue.

“It was really difficult as any sudden move the duckling would run back into the pipes” said rescuer Holly Davis.

Rescuer Holly watchs the drain
Rescuer Holly watches the drain

Two were caught in a large inspection chamber the middle of the close and another one was encouraged out of a pipe and smelly water from a drain at the side of the road. The rescue took almost 90 minutes.

The third duckling was more problematic to get to as it was out of reach and only a small hole to work from. However, eventually the duckling was encouraged out and secured.

Once rescuers were convinced that their were no more ducklings they took them over to the pond where mum had made her way successfully through the bushes. Rescuers were then able to release the last three ducklings which swam off to their mum to be reunited.

Dukcling down one of the pipes
Duckling down one of the pipes

“It was so nice to see them all reunited together, and as we were doing so we could hear the local residents in the houses cheering that they were all back together safely” said rescuer Ellie Langridge.


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.