What To Do
What To Do
If you can catch a wild bird it is not well. Birds see people as
predators and will be terrified when caught the bird will be
as frightened of you as it is of a cat. The stress of being
handled can be enough to kill an already unwell bird. It is
vital to treat the bird for shock and seek advice see the First
Many fledglings are unnecessarily rescued by
well-meaning people. Genuine orphaned birds are rare. Fledglings
leave the nest before they can fly properly. They have feathers
on their body but the tail and wing feathers will be quite short
as they are still growing. The parents will leave the youngsters
on their own while finding food for them. It is easy to mistake
a perfectly normal, healthy fledgling for an abandoned baby.
If you do find a fledgling, it is best to leave it well alone
for a few hours and return to check it later. If the fledgling
is in a public place such as on a path, just move it a few feet
away, under some cover if possible, to lessen the chances of
someone else picking it up. If it is not possible to leave the
bird and you have to pick it up, ring Gower Bird Hospital for
advice immediately. To have a real chance of survival and
being released back into the wild, the bird will need our
specialised rehabilitation facilities within 24 hours.
Hedgehogs are nocturnal creatures so any hedgehog seen out in
the day is usually in trouble. It could be suffering from an
injury, starvation, dehydration or an illness. Put the hedgehog
in a box with torn-up newspaper as bedding. If it feels cold add
a warm (not too hot) bottle. Make sure the box has small air
holes and a secure lid as hedgehogs are remarkable escape
artists, even when ill.
give cows milk
contact Gower Bird Hospital for advice.
Wildlife Casualties - What to do
First Aid -
If you find an injured or sick bird you can save its life by
putting it into a cardboard box. All wildlife has an instinctive
fear of people. Putting an injured wild bird into a cage with
nowhere for it to hide and constantly looking at it will rapidly
put it into a state of shock.
Shock can kill -
The first treatment is always a warm, dark, quiet
closed box with torn-up newspaper to minimise shock, then
seek advice from Gower
Oiled birds - Follow the First
Aid advice and contact Gower Bird Hospital. Do not try to wash
the bird yourself as it could do more harm than good. Cleaning
oiled birds is a specialised procedure.
A bird that has flown into a window
may simply be stunned. Leave it well alone in the box for
about three hours (or overnight if you found it late evening).
Try releasing it, if it flies away success! If not, put it
back in the box and contact Gower Bird Hospital.
Safety - Large birds can have
powerful beaks and a long reach. Keep beaks well away from your
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Why we need your support
Gower Bird Hospital is a registered charity dedicated
to treatment and rehabilitation of wildlife casualties with the
sole intention of returning them to the wild. Every year more
than 1,000 birds and 200 hedgehogs arrive in need of help.
Your donation helps directly with the running costs of the
Hospital, ensuring these birds and hedgehogs have a real chance
If you choose to donate even a small monthly amount by standing
order, the Hospital can plan for the future knowing that funds
are coming in.
Every supporter receives the Gower Bird Hospital magazine which
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specific projects grants are usually awarded to charities who
are well supported by the community, so your donation helps us
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Hospital. If you pay income tax, please tick the Gift Aid
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cost to you!
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print it, and return it to us with your donation.
THANK YOU from
Gower Bird Hospital patients, staff and volunteers.
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