Throughout Spring and in to Summer, it is perfectly normal to come across a baby bird on the ground. We get over 10,000 calls about them per year - yet in most cases, a baby bird does not need our help and is just going through the natural process of growing in to an adult.
Our animal rescue officers and inspectors went out to over 82,000 reports of animals in need in 2019 - and almost 10% of those were about baby birds!
Whilst we are happy to help any baby birds, in many cases there is no welfare issue. It is very common for well-meaning people to disturb or accidentally rescue a baby bird which doesn't need rescued at all! Moving a baby bird away from the area where it is learning to fly can permanently separate it from its parents. Whilst we are able to care for and release young birds at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre, we would much rather as many birds as possible grow-up with their parents in the wild.
Check out our FAQs. Our advice is simple. If the baby bird is fully feathered, it's highly likely it doesn't need help. If it has no feathers or is fluffy, give our Animal Helpline a call on 03000 999 999 right away.