If you find an injured bird or animal, the most important thing is to not put yourself or others at risk of injury.

How To Handle

  • Only lift the bird or animal if you can do so without further risk to the injured bird or animal, yourself, or others around you.
  • Keep the injured bird or animal away from your face, and wear gloves as they may well attempt to scratch or bite you.
  • If the bird or animal is near a busy road, watch from a distance in a safe location and call for assistance if needed.

Keep Your Distance From

  • Deer
  • Otter
  • Badger
  • Fox
  • Snake
  • Birds Of Prey (Including Owls)
  • Swan
  • Goose
  • Heron
  • Gull

If you find one of the above injured, then please try and contact one of the groups below. You can also try Buckley House vets and the PDSA.

Avian Flu

If you should find a dead or unwell bird that has no visible signs of injury, it may be a case of avian flu.

If in any doubt, please contact the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77 and select option 7. Please do not pick up or touch any dead or sick birds.

Grey Squirrels

As the grey squirrel is classed as an invasive species, they can not be treated and then released. Unfortunately they must be euthanised. However if one gets trapped in you bird feeder for example, you are allowed to release them back into the wild.

For Further Advice

While we are not an animal rehabilitation group, several of our members are members of groups that are. If you already follow us on facebook, you may be able to get advice on what to do there, or alternatively contact any of the following:

Badger Trust

Bats Conservation Trust

Brinsley Animal Rescue

British Hedgehog Preservation Society


Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust