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Geltsdale RSPB Reserve

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What do I do if I find a bird in distress?

As a nature conservation organisation, the RSPB has no expertise in animal welfare matters, and we don’t have the equipment or facilities for rescuing/treating sick or injured wildlife, unfortunately. Consequently, our staff will not be able to assist with wildlife that needs veterinary or captive care. Other organisations are experts in this area — the best people to contact are the RSPCA via the Carlisle Clinic on 01228 512893. Local specialist wildlife rescue centres can also be notified like Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust at Crofton Cumbria. Tel: 016973 43812 (daytime) or click the link below to visit the facebook page. Local vets (normally) will examine injured birds (usually without charge) but please phone first for advice.

It’s common in spring and summer to find young birds sitting on the ground or hopping about without any sign of their parents. This is perfectly normal, so there’s no need to be worried. With a fledgling observe from a distance first. Fledglings are extremely unlikely to be abandoned by their parents. Parents will often seem to be absent but are just hiding close by whilst humans are around. Baby birds should be left where they are, in the care of their own parents. Removal of a fledgling from the wild has to be a very last resort, and then only if it is injured or has definitely been abandoned or orphaned. If the bird is on a busy path or road, or other potentially dangerous, exposed location, it makes sense to pick it up and move it a short distance to a safer place. Make sure you leave it within hearing distance of where it was found so that the parents can return to it.

For any wildlife advice please call RSPB Wildlife Enquiries on 01767 693690 (9.30am-4.30pm Mon to Fri) and all other enquiries please call RSPB headquarters on 01767 680551 (9am-5.15pm Mon to Fri). For more advise on injured birds and wildlife please visit Help Wildlife