RSPB advice on baby birds etc

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RSPB advice on baby birds

It’s that time of year when the RSPB Wildlife Enquiries Team receives lots of calls from the well-meaning public about the cute, helpless baby birds they have discovered on the ground.

“If the baby bird is found on a busy road or path, it would then be advised to pick the bird up and move it a short distance to a safer place – this must be within hearing distance of where the fledgling was found. Similarly, if you discover your cat or dog eyeing up a fledgling in your garden we recommend that you endeavour to keep your domestic pet indoors for a couple of days – or at least around dawn and dusk.

“If an injured fledgling is discovered this should be reported immediately to the RSPCA on: 0300 1234 999. Sometimes local vets will treat wild birds for free, but please call and check with them first.

“If a baby bird is discovered on the ground that is either unfeathered or covered only in its fluffy nestling down, it has likely fallen out of its cosy nest ahead of schedule. Very occasionally it is possible to put these babies back in their nest, but only if you are 100% positive of the nest it has fallen from and it’s safe to do so.

“It is also important to remember that sometimes a parent bird will intentionally eject a chick from the nest if they sense it has an underlying health problem or is dying. It’s a harsh truth to stomach, as humans we want to fix things, but sometimes we need to allow the law of nature to run its full circle.

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