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Ducklings – When to help them and when to leave them alone

Mallard duckling nested in a persons hand © RSPCA

The sight of a mother duck with her brood of ducklings in tow is one that is synonymous with spring in Britain. Unfortunately, as with any wild animals that share space with humans, they can occasionally get in trouble and may need your help.

Many people get concerned when ducks have nested on a high ledge or balcony. This is not uncommon; in the wild, ducks will often nest up in trees. Ducklings are light with a fluffy down, which … continue reading ››

Fifty year anniversary of the Torrey Canyon oil tanker disaster

RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre Group of adult Guillemots on water West Hatch, Somerset, UK

Fifty years ago, on the 18 March 1967, the oil tanker Torrey Canyon ran aground on Seven Stones, off the Isles of Scilly.

The events of the days following this resulted in the worst oil spill in the UK with oil arriving on the Cornish coast from Newquay to the Lizard and slicks seen from Hartland Point in north Devon to Start Point in the south.

The following post has been written by Adam Grogan, Head of Wildlife at the … continue reading ››