We are a volunteer-run animal welfare organisation which specialises in the rescue of injured, sick, young and trapped pigeons, doves, crows, magpies, jays and jackdaws in and around London and rescues and relocates nests, young birds and eggs when necessary.
London Wildlife Protection also helps and advises in the rescue of other birds and animals in other areas of the UK.
Our core values are to investigate and increase public awareness of animal abuse, educate the public, protect and promote animal welfare legislation, and offer non-lethal wildlife control.
In addition to rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured birds, some of our volunteers regularly destring pigeons' feet in various locations around London. Pigeons often get human hair, thread and plastic around their feet. As the thread tightens, it cuts off blood circulation to their toes or feet and causes injury. Feet can bleed, get badly infected and become deformed. Eventually, the tissue below the thread goes black and dies off, which leads to the loss of toes or even whole feet which can be an extremely painful process.
Freeing trapped birds
Birds can become trapped behind netting, such as in tube stations, under railway bridges or on buildings around us. If you see birds trapped in this way, please check whether there are any gaps in the netting for the birds to escape, if there are dead birds hanging in the netting, or if the birds seem distressed.
Please look under bridges and other structures with netting - there are often trapped birds. This may occur because the netting has not been put up with sufficient care or is in a state of disrepair.
It is illegal under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act to trap wild birds in this way. It also contravenes the 2006 Animal Welfare Act by causing unnecessary suffering.
For help and advice call us on 07909 795064.
Effective DIY pigeon deterrents are available which do not harm the birds, and there are reviews of the various pigeon control products.