Please go to our Bird Information page which explains the best course of action if you find an uninjured baby bird.


If you find an injured wild animal, take it to a nearby vet or local wildlife rescueIt’s often faster to take an animal to a vet yourself, as your nearest Rescue Centre may be out of the area attending other calls.

If possible, contain the animal before calling - see advice below.


  • Wild animals can scratch and bite when frightened, particularly if they are injured. If in doubt, keep a safe distance and call a local Rescue or the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999
  • Apply common sense when approaching an injured animal:
  • Do not attempt to handle or transport an injured deer, seal, wild boar, otter, badger, fox, snake, bird of prey (including owls), swan, goose, heron or gull, keep a safe distance and call 0300 1234 999.
  • Never lift a wild animal, unless you are sure that you can do so without risk to yourself or others.
  • Wear gloves when handling all wild animals, especially oiled wildlife – pollutants like oil can be hazardous.
  • Keep the animal away from your face.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after handling an animal.
  • Take care in dangerous locations, such as a busy road. Watch from a distance first to see whether the animal is still alive, call for help if you can’t reach it safely.
  • Never try to free an animal from a snare or trap – you risk hurting yourself and the animal and it could be an offence if the animal was legally caught. Stay back to avoid stressing the animal and call a local Rescue or the RSPCA with the location.

Capture and boxing injured wildlife

  • If it’s safe to catch and handle the animal, then, wearing suitable gloves, quickly place it into a secure cardboard box with ventilation holes, lined with towel or newspaper.
  • Keep the animal quiet and take it to a vet (call first to make sure they can take and treat the animal) or a local Rescue
    If you are unable to transport the animal, call RSPCA Emergency Line 0300 1234 999.
    Information from the RSPCA. 2018

Our nearest Wildlife Rescues are: 

Harper Asprey
P.O. BOX 141, Windlesham, Surrey GU20 6YW 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
0800 - 1600 7 days a week
Call for advice and to admit an animal
01344 623106

Hart Wildlife Rescue
Unit 9, Lower Soldridge Business Park,
Soldridge Rd, Medstead, Alton GU34 5JF
01420 562335

Wildlife Aid Foundation
Randalls Farm House, Randalls Rd, Leatherhead KT22 0AL
0900 - 2100 7 days a week
0906 180 0132

RSPCA Emergency Line
0300 1234 999 

The Fox Project Mobile Ambulance
01892 731565
9.00am – 9.00pm

Next Chapter Animal Rescue
7 Castle Close, Camberley GU15 2DT
07763 356338

The Swan Sanctuary
Felix lane, Shepperton TW17 8NN
24 Hours
01932 240790

Pigeons, small birds and hedgehogs

Hannah's Bird and Hedgehog Rehabilitation
Based in Cove. Call first.
07808 062585

Specifically pigeons

Pigeon Recovery (Dedicated pigeon sanctuary)
8 Vermont Road
Sutton, Surrey
0208 644 7349
Pigeons can be left any time in their 'holding cages' outside

Retief Ehlers (Veterinarian)
Winton Lodge Vets
Leatherhead 01372 360699
Epsom 01372 722313