Each spring we receive multiple calls from members of the public who have found fledgling birds, or have been presented them by their cat. Whilst we are happy to examine injured birds the treatment options for fledglings are often limited, sadly they rarely survive the shock. If a healthy fledgling is found the best advice we can give is to leave it where it is, as inevitably the parents will be close by. If you have concerns that the fledgling is vulnerable to predation you can put it up out of danger either in its nest, if evident, or other suitable location close by, but do not linger too long as you may scare away the parents. The best chances of survival for a fledgling is in the wild with its parents, unfortunately the success rate of hand rearing fledglings, especially small species, is very low.

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