Wildlife Casualties

If you come across any animals or birds needing help, the principles are pretty much the same. All wildlife will be frightened when taken into captivity. Even when they are seriously sick or injured, they can still put up a good fight against your presence so it’s important to get them into a carrier/box as soon as possible to avoid prolonging their stress. Stress is a common killer of wildlife and handling them, constantly looking into or opening their box cause them even more stress and could possibly contribute to their death.


Place the box in a quiet, darkened room and keep all pets and children away from them. Call for help immediately. DO NOT wait or attempt to look after them yourself they are not pets and require specialist care. Below are the basics of rescuing most wildlife.


  • Firstly make sure this animal really does need rescuing and if you are unsure, get advice first.

  • Obtain a box or pet carrier to transport the animal in and line it with a towel or hay for mammals to stop the animal sliding during transportation.

  • Wear thick gloves and get a towel or similar and cover the animal when you lift it, ensuring its head is away from your body and place it directly into the carrier/box.

  • Call your local wildlife Hospital/Vet to tell them you are on your way as not all places (including ourselves) are not manned 24hrs a day. Alternatively, call SSPCA in Scotland and RSPCA in England/Wales to collect the casualty.

  • If the casualty is cold, place a covered hot water bottle or alternative in one side of the cage and put the animal on it.

  • Once you know where you are taking the casualty, ensure it is secure in your vehicle, keep your radio turned off and go straight to your destination.

  • Give as much information as you possibly can, including location and condition in which you found the casualty.

You can click the images below to view the official sites for the RSPCA & SSPCA