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Heron

Young - fallen from nest

This is a rare occurrence and it is usually impossible to return the youngster to the nest.
If the parents are still feeding it, try leaning a wooden ladder or long pole against one of the heronry trees,
or making a sloping grid out of branches to help it climb higher up, away from predators.

Move away and see what happens.  If it seems safe and the parents are with it, check after a few hours to make sure all is still well.
If you can't get it to safety in the tree, it needs to be taken to a rescue centre for rearing.


Caught in pond netting

Keep away to avoid causing undue stress and struggling.
Contact a rescue centre; they can usually send someone to cut the bird free. 
It may not have to go in for treatment unless the netting has caused damage. 
Protective goggles or glasses are needed as Herons stab with their beaks when frightened and could damage your eyes.


Thin, weak, collapsed

Try and find an experienced Rescue Centre helper to collect it. 
If nobody can come, if you are willing to help, get a friend to grasp the beak and neck securely while you put the bird into a box or pet carrier. 
It can be carefully wrapped in a piece of old sheet or large towel but care must be taken to gently fold the legs and the wings. 
The heron must be wrapped securely to prevent it wriggling free during the journey.
If no box is available, the folded and wrapped up body and legs should fit into a large holdall while the beak can be held closed
with an elastic band for a short journey.

Emergency feeding

Herons in the wild will eat fresh water and estuary fish, amphibians, rodents, small snakes and nestlings.  In captivity offer raw chopped
chicken wings,  thawed-out frozen mice or dead day-old chicks.