Wildlife Advice

Wildlife Advice

WildNet - Amy Lewis

Wildlife information and advice

Want to make a home for nature in your garden? Seen an interesting species in your local area and want to report it? Have you found an injured or stranded animal? Take a look at our FAQs below and we'll see if we can help!

I've found an animal that needs help - what should I do?

Q. What should I do with a sick/injured animal?

A. Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust is a small conservation charity, so in most cases, we do not have the resources, facilities or training to rescue wildlife in need. We hope the links on this page help you find someone who can help.

If you find a sick or injured animal which you think needs help, we recommend contacting the RSPCA or Cuan Wildlife. For specific advice on birds, hedgehogs and bats, see the links above.

To report death or illness in garden wildlife, contact Garden Wildlife Health.

Q. What do I do with a dead animal?

A. Occasionally, we all come across the sad sight of a dead animal. The Wildlife Trusts do not offer any services related to the discovery, reporting, or disposal of dead animals, but this page will help you know what to do if you find one.

 

Q. How can I report a wildlife crime?

A. Reporting wildlife crime ensures incidents are formally logged on the police computer, enabling easier research of wildlife crime at a later date if required. There is no reason to approach individuals who are committing offences. I f you witness a wildlife crime taking place, call 999. For a non-emergency, call 101.

  • State you are reporting a crime
  • Give relevant details
  • Obtain an incident number
  • Ask to be updated with the results

If you would like to give information regarding a crime anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

To report an environmental incident, contact Natural Resources Wales.

Q. I've seen a bird with a ring, how do I report it?

A. Head to the BTO website which has more information on why birds are ringed and an online facility for reporting the ring you have found.

Q. I have too much frogspawn in my pond, what should I do?

As long as you haven’t introduced additional frogs into your pond, there is really no such thing as too much spawn. It’s a tough life for a tadpole - they have lots of natural predators and are at risk of various amphibian diseases. Because of this, female frogs lay thousands of eggs each year and only a tiny fraction of them will survive to adulthood. Your pond may contain a big black mass of writhing tadpoles but this is how it is meant to be. Just kick back and enjoy watching these amazing animals.

Moving spawn between ponds, especially wildlife ponds, can be dangerous for wildlife. It helps deadly amphibian disease and invasive non-native pond plants spread. Also ponds that already contain spawn may not be able to support the increased population if more spawn is added. Ponds that don’t have any spawn are unlikely to be suitable for frogs - if they were suitable, the spawn would already be there.