Avoid moving an injured bird if possible – unless they are in immediate danger, or you are advised to by a professional. An animal doesn’t show pain in the same way that a human does. Some don’t even make a noise. You may not be able to tell if an animal is in pain, so avoid moving an animal who is obviously injured, if possible.

Get any pets away from the area. Call Secret World, or your local wildlife rescue centre or vet. They will know what to do.

Be a WildLifesaver: know when and who to ask for help

We are here 8am to 8pm, 365 days of the year.  You can speak to one of our response team on 01278 783 250.

If the bird has been caught by a cat it will almost certainly need rescuing and treatment. Please call your local vet or wildlife rescue centre straight away.

What if I find a baby bird on the ground?

Babies don’t always need our help. Mum might be nearby. Well-meaning rescuers sometimes bring fledgling birds to us who may not have needed rescuing.

Be a WildLifesaver: know when to help and when to leave wildlife alone

First check whether the baby bird is obviously injured. You can usually do this without picking it up. It’s best not to touch the young bird if possible. There are some species which we would particularly advise against touching, like baby jackdaws who will be fledglings for a while and stay with their parents for some time.

If the baby bird has obvious injuries then please call Secret World, or your local wildlife rescue centre or vet, as they may want to take it in for treatment. If you’re concerned about its immediate safety (perhaps your cat is watching close by) then get pets away or cover the bird with a box or plant pot while you’re calling for help.

Be a WildLifesaver: remove immediate dangers, but avoid moving injured or baby birds if possible

If the bird is featherless then it may have come out of the nest too early for some reason. If you can see the nest and there’s no immediate danger, pick the bird up carefully using a cloth or towel and place it back in the nest. 

Keep an eye on it, and if the parents don’t return within an hour or two please call Secret World, or your local wildlife rescue centre or vet, for advice.

If the bird is a fledgling it is unlikely to have been abandoned. Fledglings may spend a couple of days hopping around on the ground after leaving the nest, before flying. We get a great number of ‘rescued’ fledgling birds who would have been better left where they were.

The little bird’s parents might be right nearby. If it’s in danger, move it to safety if needed, and try to keep pets away for a few days while the youngster learns to use its wings. If it’s injured, call for advice.

Be a WildLifesaver: call for advice when you need to

We are here 8am to 8pm, 365 days of the year.  You can speak to one of our response team on 01278 783 250.

If you need to contain the injured or baby bird, and you’re waiting for help to arrive, there are a few steps you can then take to make the bird comfortable.

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