If you find a sick or injured bird,
please call the emergency helpline
between 9:00 am and midnight.
Drop-off locations are distributed
London Wildlife Protection focuses on wild birds living in London. We are a volunteer-run organisation, and endeavour to provide a rescue service when possible for all trapped, injured, sick or young birds, and also the eggs and nests. Birds will ideally be taken to one of your local LWP helpers.
One of our volunteers will arrange a drop-off location near you for the injured animal. In exceptional cases, we may be able to collect it but, because of the large number of cases we deal with daily, collection is often not feasible.
We are a not-for-profit organisation and rely solely on donations from the public for provisions of food and medications.
London Wildlife Protection operates a no-kill policy for the casualties coming in; however, in exceptional circumstances, where an animal is suffering immensely with absolutely no prospect of improvement then, and only then, we may be forced to make the difficult decision for its future. These decisions are extremely rare and never taken lightly.
We are thrilled to see that our petition, to prosecute organisations trapping birds in netting, picked up so much traction and now exceeds the 100k mark! Thank you everyone for caring.
The next step was submission which proved to be the most difficult part since we are not demanding legislative change but enforcement of existing laws!! No one would take responsibility - we were turned away by Defra, Natural England and the Home Office, until we reached The Metropolitan Wildlife Crime Police who suggested a meeting with us.
The meeting was a huge success since we have their full backing and cooperation to investigate and instigate potential prosecutions to repeat offenders of wildlife crime when our hands are tied. The message was clear - no one is above the law!
We look forward to working with the Wildlife Crime Unit and are most grateful of their cooperation in this serious matters.
A detailed explanation of the legal protection given to birds and, in particular, pigeons, can be found at the PICAS website.
All wild birds, including pigeons, their nests and eggs, are protected by law and it is an offence, except under licence, to intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird, to damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built and to intentionally take or destroy the egg of any wild bird... more
The Animal Welfare Act 2006
The Act makes it a criminal offence to allow a protected animal to suffer unnecessarily. Free-living wild animals are not normally covered by this act but if they are under the control of man, for example trapped in or behind netting, then the legislation applies... more
Mama Cat Trust is a North London based animal rescue working with all animals but mainly cats and foxes.
CW Wildlife Rescue is a non-profit wildlife rescue organisation, helping make the world around us a better, happier place.
Urban Squirrels is a London-based, licensed squirrel rescue specialising in baby squirrels, and offering an informal rescue consultancy.
Pinetree specialises in unwanted, sick and injured animals. This includes rodents, birds and wildlife. We have links to many other rescues.
If you know of anyone looking to take on a rabbit please encourage them to adopt and not shop. Our friends at Little Furries Rabbit Rescue can help with advice, set up, bonding and adoption of our little furry friends.