Ways to Help Wildlife
- Always keep dogs and cats under control. Don’t let them run loose. Cats can disturb, maim, or kill nesting birds as well as young birds just out of the nest during breeding season. The bacteria transmitted in a cat bite will quickly cause infection and become life threatening. If cats are permitted outside, put at least two bells on their collar to help alert birds that danger is nearby, giving them extra time to escape.
- Before you cut down or prune trees and shrubs, check very carefully for nesting birds. You could unintentionally destroy a nest by trimming too closely or destroy the habitats provided in the tree. It is always best to leave dead trees standing. They provide food and shelter for many birds throughout the year. As an added benefit, you can enjoy the wildlife attracted by them!
- Never feed wildlife. Natural diets are always more nutritious for wildlife than human food. Bird feeders can be stocked with balanced mixes of different seed, appropriate for the birds in your area. Old bread and bakery goods do not supply nutritional levels for good health, especially when birds are preparing for migration or breeding.
- Many birds depend on insects in and around our backyards. So, limiting the use of insecticides can help protect the health of our wildlife and water resources too. Instead of using dangerous chemicals, contact local conservation groups to obtain ideas for environmentally safe alternatives.
- Reflections from windows can confuse birds. This may cause them to fly into the glass or repeatedly peck at what they see as their competition. Some simple remedies include breaking up the reflections with stickers, or a little bird reflector that is very cheap to purchase.
- Never litter! All species of birds can become easily entangled in man-made products such as plastic, fishing line, cans, and bottles. Struggling to be free of such entrapments often results in serious injury or death. Help wildlife by disposing of litter properly, and recycle whatever you can.
- During the bonfire season and during the autumn garden-clearing season, please check fires prior to lighting them because Hedgehogs amongst other creatures find these to be ideal homes.
- If you take an animal to a wildlife rehabilitator, you can help by taking a donation of food, money, or volunteer your time and talents. Keep in mind that most organizations rely solely on donations from caring people like you. Your thoughtfulness will be greatly appreciated.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for information regarding any bird you may have concerns for.
‘Prevention is better than cure’.
Tips For Preventing Wildlife Orphans
- Keep your cat indoors (especially during May and June).
- Fit collar bells.
- Keep your dog well attended.
- Check tree branches for nests before pruning.
- Check the grass for nests before mowing.
- Educate children to respect young wild animals and to leave them alone.
- Install chimney caps to prevent birds from nesting in them or becoming trapped.
- Leave healthy young wild birds where you find them and call The Owls Trust for advice on what to do.