Common Scenarios

Articles covering common injuries, illnesses and scenarios and when/how to help

Airplane Wing
Rescues receive many calls each year about waterfowl with apparently broken wings. If the wing is sticking out at a right angle to the body then it's m...
Wed, 18 Aug, 2021 at 7:19 PM
Ducks nesting away from a water source
Every year wildlife rescues get many calls about ducks (usually mallards) nesting in gardens, on balconies, or even in hanging baskets. During Spring, water...
Sat, 18 Apr, 2020 at 3:13 PM
Fledgling Garden Birds
Every year wildlife rescues get deluged with calls about fledgling birds. Folks see them hopping about on the ground unable to fly and worry that there’s so...
Sun, 9 May, 2021 at 11:02 AM
Helping animals caught by a cat or dog
We love cats and dogs very much here but it has to be said that, without them, wildlife rescues would have a far quieter life. Cat and dog attacks account f...
Wed, 15 Apr, 2020 at 12:25 PM
Helping animals caught in netting or fishing line
Becoming tangled in line or netting can cause serious injuries to wildlife. It is very tempting when faced with this scenario to want to save the animal you...
Sun, 12 Apr, 2020 at 4:22 PM
Helping Animals with Limps
Leg injuries are very common in wildlife, especially at busy times of year such as breeding season. In most cases, the cause is a sprain or strain and the s...
Sun, 31 Oct, 2021 at 12:17 PM
Helping birds stuck in chimneys
If your chimney is occupied by a nesting bird, you will need to know that nesting birds are protected by law. Removing or disturbing the nest would be illeg...
Sun, 12 Apr, 2020 at 1:18 PM
Helping birds with broken wings
This is a difficult and emotive subject and often the topic of much debate. There is a feeling, amongst the public and some wildlife rescuers, that a broke...
Sun, 12 Apr, 2020 at 4:25 PM
Helping foxes with Mange
With foxes living in closer quarters in urban areas, mange is unfortunately a common issue. Sarcoptic mange is caused by a mite which burrows into the ski...
Mon, 8 Nov, 2021 at 3:31 PM
Helping Oiled Birds
We’ve all seen the images of sea birds covered in oil following shipping disasters. But this a potential hazard facing birds further in land as well. From ...
Wed, 8 Apr, 2020 at 3:06 PM