Wild animals in the wild resources

Single adult badger emerging from sett at night. © RSPCA Photolibrary

Living with nesting birds (PDF 604KB)

Living with pigeons (PDF 424KB)

Living with gulls (PDF 600KB)

Living with canada geese (PDF 372KB)

Living with deer (PDF 589KB)

Living with foxes (PDF 420KB)

Living with badgers (PDF 384KB)

Living with grey squirrels (PDF 440KB)

Living with amphibians (PDF 456KB)

Living with reptiles (PDF 676KB)

Living with moles (PDF 544KB)

This series gives some basic natural history background and covers issues such as encouraging or deterring these animals to/from your garden, legal consideratons, and advice on what to do if you find an injured, sick or orphaned individual.

Road traffic accidents involving deer (PDF 664KB)

Basic background and details on what's being done to reduce the problem, plus tips on how to avoid colliding with deer and the best course of action if you do have an accident.

Fishing litter (PDF 219KB)

Discarded fishing tackle is responsible for the injury of thousands of wild animals every year.  Line can get caught around legs, wings, necks and beaks, and hooks can pierce skin and muscle or be swallowed causing internal injuries.  This resource outlines the problem and suggests ways to prevent fishing tackle injuries.

Balloon releases (PDF 518KB)

Balloons can pose a very serious risk to animals.  We outline the dangers and suggest possible alternatives.

Chinese lanterns (PDF 348KB)

Chinese lanterns pose a threat to wildlife, livestock and other animals by causing injuries that lead to suffering and a slow painful death. Here we advise against the use of Chinese lanterns and recommend harmless alternatives to use instead.

Wild Birds and Netting (PDF 480KB)

Bird deterrent netting that's not been properly installed or looked after can trap and even kill wild birds. If you know of a building where birds are getting caught in netting, please report it to us!

Wild Animals and Glue Traps (PDF 140KB)

We believe that if these traps must be used, it should only be by trained professionals. If you know of a shop that sells these traps to the public, please report it to us!