The Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this land and recognises their connection to and guardianship of native wildlife.
What to do if you find injured wildlife
Call our 24 hotline
02 6672 4789
What we do
The Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers rescue and care for injured and sick wildlife in the Tweed Valley
Our objectives and aims revolve around the conservation and welfare of our local wildlife. Our foremost aim is the rescue and rehabilitation of native fauna for return to their natural environment, using the best and most up-to-date information from all relevant sources. We also aim to educate the public by encouraging the protection and welfare of our native wildlife and their habitat. read more
What to do before you call
1. Place injured wildlife in a box lined with a towel to prevent it from sliding around during transport. Cover the box with a loose lid or towel to create a dark environment to prevent stress. DO NOT administer food or drink to an injured bird or animal. Put the box in a quiet cool place in Summer and in a quiet warm spot in Winter months.
2. Take note of the exact location where it was found and tell the rescuer so, after rehabilitation, it can be released back into the wild.
3. Call the hotline:
02 6672 4789
Follow instructions from the member you speak to on the hotline.
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Leave that baby bird alone!
Our Hotline is being overwhelmed by an epidemic of calls
caused by the kindness of local residents and visitors
Due to climate change, we are seeing a prolonged breeding season and lots of baby birds. If you see a fluffy chick on the ground, you should resist the urge to rescue it. It is not visibly injured or in real danger of being killed or injured, leave it alone because removing a baby bird from its environment is not always in its best interests. Sometimes baby birds land on the ground when they’re learning to fly, but that doesn’t mean that they need your assistance. Usually their parents are nearby, waiting to feed and look after their young once you’ve left the scene. If you find a nest that’s been blown onto the ground, replace it and its contents in a nearby shrub or tree so that the parent birds can continue to attend it. They will find it.
If you find a young Tawny Frogmouth on the ground, simply
replace it in a nearby tree. It’s the safest place for it.
If you find a baby Masked Lapwing or plover on the ground, leave it where it is; after all, the ground is where it lives. Its parents will be nearby (they’re probably swooping you right now).
If you find a chick on the ground and it is:
(1) clearly unattended by its parents (watch this from a distance for some time so you’re not keeping them away); and
(2) it’s in imminent danger from cats, dogs or traffic; and
(3) it can’t be left in a safe place nearby: do not attempt to look after the bird on your own. Place it in a dark, warm, dry place (such as a cardboard box with plenty of air holes, and padding such as a towel inside), keep it safe from the family cats and dogs, and then contact Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers on 02 6672 4789 right away. Tiny featherless birds can only survive for a very short time without warmth and food.
Adapted from Birdlife Australia.
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How Can I Help?
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If you are interested in joining the Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers, we hold regular orientations and offer volunteer positions as a phone hotline operator, wildlife carer (after training), rescue and transport participation, fundraising, as well as various administrative positions.
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