World wildlife experts offer advice on helping injured birds
carers at Secret World are offering help and advice to residents
in the Burnham-On-Sea area who may spot a bird in trouble.
wildlife rescue centre, in East Huntspill, takes in hundreds of
injured and orphaned birds during the spring and summer months
and the charity is helping people understand when and how to step
in, and when to leave the animals alone.
Benfield, head of animal care, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Birds
come into our care for many different reasons. They may have been
caught by a cat, flown into a window or perhaps their parents
have been injured or killed, leaving a nest of orphans."
here to help these birds and well rehabilitate them and
get them back to the wild wherever possible. Birds dont
always need our help though."
people sometimes bring fledgling birds to us who may not have
urges anyone who is unsure to call Secret World for advice. "Fledglings
can spend a few days hopping round your garden after leaving the
nest and before they take flight."
added: "You can help them by keeping any dangers away, like
your pets. If in doubt, give us a call for advice before intervening.
If you do find an injured bird, avoid moving them if possible."
blackbird with a broken wing wont make lots of noise when
you touch it because an animal doesnt show pain in the same
way a human does, but imagine if youd broken your arm.
be in pain, youd be upset, youd want to move as little
as possible, and youd want to see a doctor straight away."
might not know if a bird is in pain so our advice is to get any
pets away from the area and call us at Secret World, or a local
wildlife rescue centre or vet. We will know what to do."
you do need to move and contain a bird while youre waiting
for help, you can carefully place it in a box with breathing holes
in the lid and keep it somewhere warm, dark and quiet until help
can find out more about being a 'WildLifesaver' and meet some
of the birds in Secret Worlds care at the charitys
next open weekend, called Beaks and Squeaks, on May 28th-30th.
can also get more wildlife-saving tips and download a free WildLifesaver
poster at www.secretworld.org/wildlifesaver
you need advice on what to do with a wild animal, you can speak
to one of the response team on 01278 783 250.