What to do if you find a young or baby bird

Baby birds will often leave the nest early, sometimes before they can fly.  Most of the time chicks can scramble up trees and branches, and call loudly for their parents, so it’s often best to leave them alone.  If it is in an exposed area, and you think it might be at risk, then you can gently pick it up and put it in a tree or bush.

If you suspect the bird is also injured, then it is best to take it to a rehabilitation unit where they will have the the resources and facilities to rear the chick  in a way that will allow it to be released back into the wild when it is old enough.

If you need to, youStock Image of a Harris Hawk in Flight can carefully pick up the baby bird, and gently put it on a towel in a cardboard box with holes in the side for airflow.  Please make sure that the box is larger than the bird to avoid feather damage or injury.   Place the bird somewhere dark and warm and awaycid_aed134c6-a14e-41ff-b243-6bad5b27af86 from loud noises and disturbance, as shock is the biggest killer of young birds.

Your local rehabilitation facility, or local vet should be able to advise you further.  Whilst some facilities can collect most, like us, cannot as they will not have the resources to do so, so please consider how you will be able to transport the baby bird to the relevant support it needs.

Please remember that we can only accept baby birds of prey, and not other wildlife, as we do not have the facilities here.

Please remember that deliberately hand rearing a young chick so it becomes imprinted and so cannot return to the wild is an offence against the Wildlife and Countryside Act, and can get you into trouble.  Please make sure that you take the chick to someone with the correct knowledge and facilities to return it to the wild.