Fire service urges proper maintenance of netting after bird rescue

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"If these measures were installed and maintained properly, we would have no need to attend incidents like this" said spokesperson after bird rescue. 

Totnes Fire Crew were called to their second bird rescue in five days when the RSPCA contacted them to assist with a seagull trapped under netting on a building. 

A spokesperson for Totnes Fire Station said: "Did you know that it is the responsibility of the owners of any property who have netting to make sure that it is still fit for purpose? 

"If these measures were installed and maintained properly, we would have no need to attend incidents like this."

"All wild birds, including pigeons and gulls, and their nests are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).

"It is an offence, except under licence, to intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird, take, 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."

To report live birds entangled in or trapped behind netting, contact the RSPCA's 24-hour cruelty and advice helpline on 0300 1234 999

 

All images credit to Totnes Fire Station.

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