Woodcock rescued from Dundee shop

The Scottish SPCA is currently caring for a woodcock at their National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Fishcross, who was discovered on Whitehall Crescent in Dundee on 14 November.

We were alerted to the bird after he was found trapped between the gate and main door of an empty shop.Woodcock

Animal Rescue Officer Ben Soutar said, “Woodcocks are largely nocturnal and aren’t often seen at this time of year.

“I originally thought he was a snipe as they both have the same characteristic long beak. They come from the same family and are very similar but a woodcock is larger in size.

“He was struggling to get out as the gate was very high but thankfully a member of public gave us a ring to give him a helping hand.

“I was able to get a net over the top of the gate and then lifted him to safety. Once he was rescued I knew the best thing for him was to get him over to our wildlife rescue centre for a check-up.”

Centre Manager Colin Seddon said, “The Woodcock was in poor condition and thin when he arrived into our care but is responding well to treatment.

“We are hopeful he will make a full recovery after some recuperation and rehabilitation and we will return him to the wild when he is ready.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999. 

Scottish SPCA Wildlife Assistant with deer fawns

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