Helping Nature.

The RSPB welcomes questions and comments on wildlife welfare and all wildlife issues. Before getting in touch its worth reading the information on the ‘Helping Nature’ pages of the RSPB website to see if your question is answered there. There is also advise on what to do if you find an injured bird. Click on the quick link to reach this page. Also common wildlife queries are answered on subjects such as –

Avian flue

Helping birds near you

Reporting a wildlife crime

Female blackbird

While the RSPB and Aylesbury Local Group aren’t able to rescue or look after birds or wildlife that is trapped, injured, or in distress, there are charities that can help with rescuing or finding care. Again advise is available on the ‘Helping Nature’ pages of the website.

You can also contact the RSPB Wildlife Team by phone – 01767 693690

Mute Swans

For lots more information and advise regarding wild bird and wild animal rescue in our own local area visit the Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital website –

www.sttiggywinkles.org.uk

Contact by phone – 01844 290494

Pet shops sell special hedgehog mixes to help feed our hungry garden friends.

More advise on what to do if you find a baby bird.

During the spring and summer many people come across young birds, most of which are flightless fledglings doing what nature intended. They are extremely unlikely to be abandoned by their parents and are generally best left alone.

Young chicks without feathers can end up out of the nest for various reasons like nest collapse, some other disturbance and may need assistance to return them to the nest if its possible, so its important to establish if this young bird genuinely needs help.

Birds take far better care of their young than humans can and taking young birds into captivity dramatically reduces their chances of long-term survival. Young birds, blackbirds are a typical example, normally follow their parents for 3-5 weeks after they fledge from the nest. During this time they learn where to find food and what to eat, what constitutes a danger and how to select a safe roosting site.

Taking a young apparently lost bird into captivity should only be a last resort and young birds should only be hand reared by a professional. The RSPB and Aylesbury Local Group cannot provide advise on hand rearing or rescue so the best advise is to leave the fledgling to be fed and raised by its parents. One useful point is to keep an eye on any local cats during period as young blackbirds and robins can become preyed on.

Fledglings, often blackbirds again, will sometimes leave the nest before they can fly. Their parents will know where they are and will come back to feed them at intervals, so its important to leave them as the parents will find them again. Do not confine a healthy fledgling during this time as they almost certainly don’t need assistance.

There is also more advise on this on the RSPCA website page – ‘Found a baby bird- What to do/RSPCA’

One thing everyone can do is to join the RSPB and help in that way !

Let’s Give Nature a Home