Entangled in netting, the gull had to be rescued with the help of the Fire and Rescue Service

RSPCA Cymru was called out to help a gull that was caught up in netting on the roof of an office block in Cardiff city centre on Charles Street.

Unfortunately, RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Gary Lucas wasn’t able to reach the gull and had to have help from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service who brought along their high lift platform to perform the rescue.

ACO Lucas said: “We’re very grateful to South Wales Fire and Rescue for helping us to rescue this gull.

“Gulls and other wild birds often nest on top of buildings and whilst it is understandable why property owners look to protect their premises, I would encourage them to think seriously about measures they adopt and to check regularly that they are intact and can’t cause harm to the birds they seek to keep away.”

The gull was taken to the vets where they received treatment but sadly due to substantial injuries to the wing the bird was put to sleep on independent veterinary advice.

RSPCA Cymru would ask people that have seen dead birds in netting, or are aware of a regular issue of birds becoming trapped in netting, especially on a regular basis, to please forward the following information to wildlife@rspca.org.uk:

  • Address where netting is located (include postcode where possible).

  • Owner of property or company (if known) and address if different to above.

  • Date(s) of incident.

We will then contact the property owner about resolving the problem. To report live birds entangled in or trapped behind netting, please contact the RSPCA’s 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

For more information, read our ‘Wild birds and netting’ factsheet online at http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/livingwith

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