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Injured Birds

If you have found an injured bird of prey, please read-through the following advice before acting.

If you are able to approach/touch a bird of prey, it is likely very sick or seriously injured. Where this is the case:

Young Birds

If you find a young bird of prey, depending on the time of year, it may not be injured. Young birds will often leave the nest/box before they are able to fly and, as a result, are unable to return to it. This does not mean that they are in need of help though as the parents will continue to care for them. These young birds should be left alone and where they are.

If there are obvious dangers nearby, then move the bird to a nearby branch or hedge. These dangers may include:

If this is not possible or you’re ever in doubt, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01264 773850 for advice.

If the bird is obviously injured (bleeding) or there are other dead/injured birds nearby, follow the advice above for injured birds.

Young Tawny Owls

During the spring and summer, there are often many Tawny Owls in our hospital. It’s quite common for young chicks to leave the nest before they’re able to fly well enough to return to the nest. This means that although one might be found on the ground, its parents will continue to care for it. We recommend that if you do come across a Tawny Owl chick on the ground, leave it where it is.

If there are obvious dangers nearby, then move the bird to a nearby branch or hedge. These dangers may include:

Do not try returning the chick to a nest as the parents may attack while defending their nest.

If you see a Tawny Owl that’s obviously injured (bleeding) or there are other dead/injured birds nearby, then please call us or bring it to us. If you’re ever in doubt, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01264 773850 or 07919 061873 (if not office hours) for advice.

Young Barn Owls

If you find a young Barn Owl on the ground that isn’t obviously injured, there may be a number of reasons why it isn’t still in the nest:

If you are in any doubt, please call 01264 773850 or 07919 061873 (if not office hours) for advice.

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