A great spotted woodpecker was rescued by the RSPCA after getting tangled in fishing line in a tree – causing him to swing uncontrollably over a canal.

 

The RSPCA is releasing a video of the woodpecker to remind people about the hazards are fishing litter.

Last year, officers from the animal welfare charity rescued 697 animals from discarded fishing lines and other angling litter, such as hooks and barbs.

Luckily, the woodpecker – who was rescued from a canal in … Continue reading…

The dangers razor wire poses to birds has been highlighted, after a gull had to be put to sleep in Newport.

RSPCA Cymru was alerted after a member of the public spotted the bird tangled in the wire on a lane near Phillip Court in the city. The incident took place on Saturday (20 May).

Sadly, the gull was found to have broken both wings, and had to be put to sleep on welfare grounds to prevent further suffering.

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A Harris Hawk has been rescued from a Swansea tree, following joint action from RSPCA Cymru and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

The bird was spotted by a passer-by on 14 March; stuck upside down in a silver birch tree in the Townhill area.

Sadly, the bird’s jesses had become intertwined in branches, leaving the Harris Hawk trapped approximately 25-feet up the tree.

RSPCA Cymru attended, and enlisted the support of Mid and West Wales Fire … Continue reading…

A man who assisted RSPCA Cymru in the attempted rescue of an injured gull by utilising his model boat has been thanked by the charity.

The RSPCA was called on 16 January, following reports of an injured bird at Cold Knap, in Barry.

An RSPCA inspector arrived to find a gull, swimming in the Cold Knap lake but appearing to struggle, while in obvious distress.

The location of the bird would have meant the RSPCA having to leave the scene … Continue reading…

Three gulls have had to be put to sleep after being found trapped in fishing litter in the Cardiff area.

RSPCA Cymru worked with Cardiff City Council, and South Wales Fire & Rescue, to help the birds on 17 January – but, unfortunately, their injuries were too severe and they had to be put to sleep.

The charity was alerted after a gull was spotted hanging from one wing from a tree, tangled amid the branches 30 foot from the … Continue reading…