As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 23 June 2014

RSPCA: Seagull population under threat

By ThomasBrown | Posted: June 18, 2014

THE RSPCA are urging people to look out for young gulls as the population is under threat.

The birds divide opinion but they are endangered and have been added to the RSPB amber alert list.

Thousands of young gulls fall from their nests at this time of year, ending up in gardens, driveways and roads.

Gulls are very hard working and dedicated parents and will normally fend for their young even when they are displaced.

However, these young birds sometimes need human intervention to survive the dangers of predators, traffic, exposure and other gulls.

In the South East, the RSPCA's Mallydams Wildlife Centre is busy with the numbers of wildlife admitted almost overwhelming.

With limited resources, it is unable to attend to every problem with a young gull, so here are some tips:

• Interfering with any nesting birds (including their eggs and young) is illegal unless the bird is orphaned, injured or is sick. Contact the RSPCA for advice if you are not sure.

• When a gull chick falls from a roof, providing it is not injured and you know which roof it has come from, the best thing to do is to put it back on the roof.

The parents will continue to feed and protect it. Only do this if it is safe to do so.


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