Traffic, litter, fishing line and snares can cause all manner of injuries to our wildlife. If you find an injured wild animal or bird, observe it for a short time to see how sick or hurt it is. The quickest and most effective way you can help is to take it to your nearest veterinary practice in a secure cardboard box with ventilation holes and lined with an old towel; you will not be charged for any treatment.
If this is not possible, call our helpline on 0300 1234 999. If you can, please confine the animal to ensure its safety before calling.
Question: I’ve found a baby/young bird on my garden patio – what do I do?
If you see a baby bird and it looks okay please leave it where it is provided it is not sick or injured. More often than not it is learning to fly and will probably have a few attempts at doing so before it successfully takes to the air. Sometimes young birds can spend as much as 2-3 days on the ground before they take flight. The parents and the other youngsters (if they haven’t managed to fly) will be around and will be in hiding in bushes and vegetation. The parents will be feeding the youngsters and at the same time encouraging them to fly.
You should also leave baby ducklings and pheasant chicks alone as they are able to feed themselves straight after hatching but moorhens and partridge chicks do need help.
Question: Can I put a baby back in its nest?
If the young bird is unfeathered or covered in fluffy down (a nestling) and has obviously fallen out of a nest by accident, it may be possible to put it back.
If this can’t be done, the chick is dependent on humans for survival, and it should be passed on to an expert rehabilitator, such as a local vet; you will not be charged for any treatment.