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June 2021

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Injured birds

Injured birds

As a nature conservation organisation, the RSPB has no expertise in animal welfare matters and we don't have the equipment or facilities for rescuing/treating sick or injured wildlife I'm afraid.
Consequently, our staff will not be able to assist with wildlife that needs veterinary or captive care. Other organisations are experts in this area - the best people to contact are the RSPCA in on 0300 1234999. In addition, many vets are often able to treat sick/injured wildlife. Local specialist wildlife rescue centres can also be found on

It's common in spring and summer to find young birds sitting on the ground or hopping about without any sign of their parents. This is perfectly normal, so there's no need to be worried.
Fledglings are extremely unlikely to be abandoned by their parents. Parents will often seem to be absent but are just hiding close by whilst humans are around. Baby birds should be left where they are, in the care of their own parents. Removal of a fledgling from the wild has to be a very last resort, and then only if it is injured or has definitely been abandoned or orphaned. If the bird is on a busy path or road, or other potentially dangerous, exposed location, it makes sense to pick it up and move it a short distance to a safer place. Make sure you leave it within hearing distance of where it was found so that the parents can return to it.

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Walks with carers

Walks with carers

With the relaxation of Covid-19 regulations, we have been able to get out-and-about again. Last week we undertook a couple of guided walks at St Ives Estate and Hirst Wood.
These were done in conjunction with "Carers' Resource" (See details below).
Over the two walks, several carers joined us to explore these two locations. Although it is not the ideal time of year to go birdwatching, due to the amount of foliage on the trees, all the participants enjoyed the experience - probably learning more about identifying birds through their songs than by their looks!
There were great views of a pair of great spotted woodpeckers and a grey wagtail at St Ives and it was great to be able to hear AND see a chiffchaff alongside the canal.
The walk around Hirst Wood included a little local history: we took the opportunity to explore the derelict New Hirst Mill that lies alongside the river between the aqueduct and the rail viaduct.
We hope to repeat these walks when there are fewer leaves on the trees!

Carers' Resource is the local, specialist carers' centre for the Bradford and Airedale, Harrogate and Ripon, and Craven districts of Yorkshire.
A carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour or relative who could not manage otherwise because of frailty, illness or disability. They may even be juggling paid work with caring responsibilities at home. Carers have a tough job - it can mean unrelenting pressure, little chance to relax and a lot of worry. The system is complicated, and the issue is hidden.
Carers' Resource provides support for carers, no matter what their age, race, religion or needs. Follow the link to discover what support they can offer you as a carer, or as someone who might work with carers.

The local Carers' Resource office:
15 Park View Court, St Paul's Road, Shipley BD18 3DZ
☎ 01274 449660