Our latest newsletter is in the process of being posted out to our supporters, along with our Christmas WRAS Gifts Catalogue. This can also be downloaded from our website at www.wildlifeambulance.org too.  My book “The Fields were my Theatre” is also available till Christmas for £8.99 and free P&P.  We also have puzzles, soft toys, cotton shopping bags and much more available.

It’s clear that cygnets are in the process of trying their parents! This time of year we experience numerous calls to crashed cygnets.  Many people think they are landing on roads because they think they are rivers, but it is normally due to turbulence and inexperience.  We’ve had a number of cygnets over the past few weeks which ambulances have rushed out to.  If you find a cygnet which has crashed onto a road, please do not herd it straight to the nearest piece of water, but try to contain it in a front garden or field. If the cygnet is on a road and causing a problem please call Sussex Police for assistance.  If you are in our area call WRAS for assistance as these birds sometimes damage their keel but will be able to walk and show no visible signs of the injury.  They can also be concussed and may struggle on water to maintain their temperature.  So please call us for assistance and we will attend as soon as we can.  Sunday rescuer Murrae rushed to the aid of this swan which crashed into the side of house in Churchdale Road, Eastbourne. He is now at WRAS’s Casualty Centre recovering.

We are getting short on newspaper and Friday-Ads, if you are able to deliver any to our Casualty Centre it would be really appreciated – there are donation bins outside our Hospital at Unit 8, The Shaw Barn, A22, Whitesmith, BN8 6JD.  If you own a shop which sells newspapers and Friday-Ads and would be willing to donate left over copies to us please let us know.

Swan which hit house in Eastbourne

Swan which hit house in Eastbourne

It is Just over a month until our Christmas Craft Fair at East Dean Village Hall which is taking place on Saturday 5th November between 2pm and 5pm. If you would like a table to sell any Christmas gifts please get in touch with chris@eastsussexwras.org.uk. This event will be a great chance to pick up some amazing Christmas gifts from wildlife photographs, amazing hand painted pebbles, cards, hampers, cushions, WRAS merchandise, and many more. I will also be selling my book and signing copies too. It is free entry and refreshments will be available.

Reports came in last week of a seal on the beach at Eastbourne, sadly the seal turned out to be dead, and our colleagues from British Divers Marine Life Rescue have organised the removal of the body.

Injured RTA Fox

Injured RTA Fox

As expected with the clocks changing we have been out to numerous road casualties. We have a fox in from Eastbourne which has a broken tail and damaged pelvis. He was at first unable to stand, but after a week’s worth of care and attention, he is now up and about. It may have to have an operation depending on how the recovery goes, but is certainly improving.

We have managed to release two Kestrels this week. One from Hellingly the other was from Seaford and both after a lot of care and attention have finally been released back to the wild.  Our Tawny Owl is doing well and is now in an aviary building up its flight strength again prior to being released.

We are now getting hedgehogs in on a daily basis. All of them very small around the 2-300gram weight, which is way too small to survive hibernation. Hedgehogs need to be 600grams now. If you find one which is between 5-600grams try putting some food out for him to help build up his weight. But if less than 500grams they are going to struggle. So please give us a call.

Other calls this week have included an injured fox in Winchester Way and Gloucester Close Eastbourne; a hedgehog at Coombe Close, Seaford; a black headed gull at Hailsham Common Pond and many more!

One of this weeks Hedgehogs

One of this weeks Hedgehogs


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