Let baby birds learn to fly this spring

The Scottish SPCA is urging the public to call them before moving fledgling birds as they launch their #BabyBirds campaign.

baby birdsWe have already received over 150 calls this year to our animal helpline regarding baby birds, or fledglings.

We cared for over 5,000 fledgling and nestling birds last year at our National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, with a very busy spring and summer predicted ahead.

Although some young birds are rescued because they are injured, others are in good health but were picked up by worried passers-by when they should have been left alone.

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “It’s understandable for people to be concerned when they come across a young bird on the ground that appears clumsy and unable to fly.

“However, this is a vital part of the learning to fly process and the parents are very likely to be nearby, watching their young making their first efforts to take to the skies.

“We would ask anyone who has concerns to try to monitor the fledglings from a distance to see if the parents appear.

“If it does seem a baby bird has been abandoned or orphaned, they should call our animal helpline for advice.”

Colin advised members of the public to only intervene immediately if a fledgling is in danger.

“If a fully feathered young bird is in harm’s way, on a road or somewhere it could be vulnerable to predators then it may be possible to move them to a safer spot in a nearby hedge or tree.

“Any unfeathered birds found on the ground are most likely to have accidentally fallen from their nest and it may be possible to put them back in, ideally wearing gloves.

“Under no circumstances should anyone who discovers a nest try to touch or move the fledglings inside. This could cause the parents to abandon them and would also be illegal.”

For further advice please call the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Learn more about our campaign to raise public awareness by following #BabyBirds on social media.

Scottish SPCA Wildlife Assistant with deer fawns

Wildlife rescue

Every year the Scottish SPCA rescues thousands of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

In 2017 we cared for over 9,600 wild animals - a new record!

We help every kind of wild animal in Scotland and are the only national animal welfare charity which rescues birds.

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