A jackdaw trapped in netting – on the roof of a Cardiff building – has had a lucky escape.

The jackdaw – who was trapped around three storeys high – was entangled in netting that had been placed over a void in the middle of a building on Cardiff Road. He was unable to escape and was upside down at one point.

Due to the difficult location, the RSPCA called on the assistance of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service who were able to come to the aid of the bird on 1 October.

Jackdaw rescue pic3 Oct20RSPCA inspector Christine McNeil said: “He was completely trapped in the netting which would have been very frightening and distressing for him.

“The fire service who were safely able to reach the netting were able to cut him free. He then flew under netting and they managed to get him out from there and he flew off! So it was great to see he hadn’t been injured and was happy to fly off happily.”

Inspector McNeil said she was extremely grateful for the expertise from the Blue Watch crew from Ely.

“Once again we’d like to thank the fire service for their assistance, professionalism, and help to rescue this bird who really has had a lucky escape,” she said.

“The caller also contacted the building owner at my request who has arranged a contractor to attend at the same time. I have also advised the contractor that the netting would need to be repaired.”

Any type of bird deterrence netting should be professionally installed and regularly maintained to ensure that birds cannot become trapped behind or entangled in it. The RSPCA recommends that anyone with netting installed on their property sets up a system to check regularly for trapped birds and to ensure any netting is in good repair.

Problems arise when netting is put up incorrectly or becomes damaged, leaving gaps where birds can enter and become trapped. These birds become exhausted and are often badly injured by the netting and can sadly sometimes suffer a long and painful death from injury or starvation if they are not spotted in time.

If you have seen dead birds in netting, or where you are aware of a regular issue of birds becoming trapped in netting, the RSPCA would be grateful if you could forward the address, property owner (if known) and date of the incident to wildlife@rspca.org.uk.

If you find an injured bird or see a live bird trapped please call the RSPCA’s cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.

More information on our ‘Wild birds and netting’ project can be found on our website at: www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/livingwith

RSPCA officers have remained on the frontline throughout the coronavirus crisis, responding to animal welfare emergencies. Should you wish to support the charity’s work, you can donate online.