Caring for wildlife

Caring for wildlife

Tom Marshall

Wildlife information and advice

Wanting to make a home for nature in your garden? Seen an interesting species in your local area and want to report it? Have you found an injured or stranded animal? Take a look at our FAQ's below and we'll see if we can help!

Wildlife FAQs

Q: What should I do if I find a sick or injured bird?

A: Unless the bird is in immediate danger, you're best to leave it where it is. In spring and summer, birds are beginning to leave the nest and fledglings can often be seen on the ground, seemingly alone. This is not often the case, and the parents will usually be close by searching for food and keeping a close eye on their chick. If the bird is in a busy road or footpath, or is in danger of being attacked by predators, the bird can be moved a minimal distance, but must still be in hearing range of the parents who will be nearby. For more information, go to the RSPB website.

Further contacts: 
Swans and ducks - Andrew Roberts, Brook Farm, Burwell, Tel: 01507 480239

Q: What should I do if I find a sick or injured animal?

A: The Trust is not a welfare charity and therefore cannot provide care or rehabilitation facilities for sick or injured wildlife. Please contact the RSPCA or visit the HelpWildlife website. Alternatively, you can contact one of our local specialists below, but please bare in mind they cannot usually provide transport.

Contacts: 
Bats - Colin and Annette Faulkner, 65 London Road, Spalding, PE11 2TN, Tel: 01775 766286
Hedgehogs - Elaine Drewery, Hedgehog Care, Post Office, Authorpe, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 8PF, Tel: 01507 450221
Seals - Natureland Seal Sanctuary, North Parade, The Promenade, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 1DB, Tel: 01754 764345
Seals - Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary, Quebec Rd, North End, Mablethorpe LN12 1QG, Tel: 01507 473346 
Marine Animals - British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Tel: 01825 765546/07787 433412 
Marine Strandings - UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme, Tel: 0800 652 0333

Q: How can I help wildlife in my garden?

A: There are numerous ways in which you can help wildlife in your own garden, from creating bug hotels and bird nest boxes to providing hibernation spots for frogs and toads. Visit our wildlife gardening section for ideas and inspiration.

Q: How do I report a wildlife sighting in my area?

A: Please do tell us about the wildlife you've spotted in Lincolnshire and on our reserves! Your information will increase our knowledge of Lincolnshire's wildlife and its distribution, and help us to make better decisions about conservation management.

Your wildlife records can be submitted to the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership at www.glnp.org.uk/getting-involved/your-sightings.

They need to know:

  • What – the species (and number if more than one)
  • When – the date seen
  • Where – the location of the sighting (a grid reference or postcode is best)
  • Who – contact details in case any further details are needed

Q: How can I report a wildlife crime?

A: Reporting wildlife crime ensures incidents are formally logged on the police computer, enabling easier research of wildlife crime at a later date if required. There is no reason to approach individuals who are committing offences. To report a wildlife crime:

  • Ring the police on 01522 532222
  • State you are reporting a crime
  • Give relevant details
  • Obtain an incident number
  • Ask to be updated with the results

For further information about Wildlife Crime in Lincolnshire and contact details for Wildlife Crime Officers, see the Lincolnshire Police website.

Q: How do I report a marine stranding?

A: If you come across a standed marine animal you should report it to the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme. Reporting a stranded cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoises) provides an accurate picture of marine life in the UK as well as valuable information on causes of death. 

You can report a stranding by calling 0800 652 0333 or by going to the website.