RSPCA Cymru has given BBC Radio One a big thumbs up for including sky lanterns on a list of prohibited items for this weekend’s ‘Biggest Weekend’ in Swansea.

The charity regularly warns members of the public as to the dangers which sky lanterns can pose to animals – notably wildlife.

Balloons are also included on the list of items not permitted at the event; something the RSPCA says will prevent helium balloon releases which, too, pose risk to animals.

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An RSPCA appeal for information has been launched following the death of a red kite caught by an illegal gin trap.

RSPCA Cymru was alerted after the poor bird of prey was found bleeding, and with broken legs, in the trap on the B4340, near New Cross and Abermadwr on 7 May.

The caller who found the bird transferred the animal to a local veterinary practice, where it was confirmed that the legs had been broken by the trap.

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It may have been a bad weekend for the Swans on the pitch – but it wasn’t just in the footballing world where the swans were sent down.

A swan feared to have been involved in a road traffic collision was given a ride by Dyfed-Powys Police officers in the cell of a police van last weekend; offering vital support to the bird in her hour of need.

The bird was collected by Police from Pembrey Flats, on the A48 … Continue reading…

A Pontardawe father and son have been sentenced after illegally keeping a wild goshawk, and failing to ensure urgent veterinary treatment for the bird’s severely broken wing.

Paul Baker, 67, and Jess Baker, 39 –  pleaded guilty to a number of offences at Swansea Magistrates’ Court last week, including an admission that their actions led to the goshawk suffering unnecessarily.

The pair were sentenced at the court yesterday (16 May), with father Paul banned from keeping any bird for a … Continue reading…

An RSPCA wildlife centre is preparing for its annual baby bird boom, with the arrival of six orphaned tawny owlets in the last week.

Every year around May time, Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, in Nantwich, Cheshire, sees an increase in the number of baby birds admitted after being found orphaned or out of their nest.

However, often the baby birds are brought in by well-meaning members of the public who believe the bird genuinely needs help – when they could … Continue reading…