Unfortunately we have neither the facilities nor resources to care for wildlife casualties, although we have occasionally been able to offer wildlife hospitals a permanent home for rehabilitated animals that cannot be returned to the wild - for example those with a permanent injury or too used to human contact.

It is always difficult to know when to intervene and assist apparently sick or injured animals and birds.

It is first essential to ensure that the parents of apparently abandoned animals or birds are not around. Young fledglings often struggle to fly or find cover in their first few days and it is usually best to leave them if they land or fall from the nest - if the parents are around they will call or feed them.

Many animals leave their young in a secluded spot and may be absent all day, but return later, for example deer. If you find a young deer, the best advice is to leave it alone until nightfall by which time the mother should have returned.

If treatment and care is essential, some local wildlife hospitals who may be able to assist are listed on our Links page.

red foxfallow deer with young

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