We strongly recommend seeking help from one of the specialist wildlife rescues in our directory rather than trying to care for it yourself, or calling general/domestic animal-focused organisations such as vets or the RSPCA. We explain why in more detail at helpwildlife.co.uk/care-options

You can see details of wildlife rescues in your area by putting your location into the search facility at helpwildlife.co.uk/map. If you don't see any suitable options in your initial search, you can check the other 'tiers' of our directory by clicking the drop-down arrow in the left most box. 'Small rescues' are just those which have less capacity but their details are still available publicly. 'Heroes' are very small volume rescues or individual rehabbers. You won't be able to view their contact information but, if you see one you think can help, you can contact our helpdesk (helpwildlife.co.uk/helpdesk) for more information.

After you click the search button you'll see a list of wildlife rescues in ascending order of distance from your search point. For each you'll see a town and a guide to which species they're able to help with. Click on the image or the rescue name to view full details.

In an ideal world, you'll call a wildlife rescue, get through to them immediately and drop the animal off within the hour for assessment and care. But wildlife rescues are struggling – there aren’t enough of them, funding is scarce, and it’s usually the same over-worked volunteer answering the phone as is trying to take care of all the animals. So we've put together some tips on contacting a wildlife rescue in case you run into difficulties.

While you seek help, be sure to follow our advice on providing short term care for the animal you've found.