Seasonal advice on protecting animals
Spring time is a wonderful season however it’s also a time when many baby animals are born such as lambs, calves, cubs and birds. People can often mistake baby animals for being orphaned or abandoned, in many cases their parents are usually nearby watching them.
It’s good to know that baby birds usually leave their nest after two weeks of being hatched. Their parents are usually always nearby often collecting food. Read more about Bird Feeders here
Spring brings lighter and longer days which will often mean it's mating time. Birds will do this through singing to each other and then they will build their own nest with things they can find like twigs and feathers. Depending on the bird, they will nest in different places like in trees or hedges.
Many animals will start to wake up from their comfy winter nests where they have been hibernating during the cold winter months to conserve their energy. Those animals which hibernate include the Arctic squirrel, bats, black bears, common poorwill birds and hedgehogs.
Depending on the weather Hedgehogs usually begin their hibernation period around October time and wake up in late March. They will have nested in sites with grass and leaves. They are hard to see because they are nocturnal animals and finding food can take them traveling up to two miles a night. Their breeding season will soon begin after this time.
Outdoor animals like sheep will give birth to their lamb’s early spring or late winter. Warmer days and rainfall during the spring will mean that grass will grow well. They need to eat fresh grass so they can make milk for their lambs. Incredibly they can also stand up on their own shortly after birth.
Outdoor companion animals
Outdoor companion animals like rabbits will often need extra care like extra shelter and bedding.
Companion animals - weather conditions
When out and about with your companion friend always consider the weather and never leave them on their own in a car. Keeping animals cool is vital especially during hot temperatures. Keep dogs safe in the sun by protecting them from extreme heat, especially by never leaving them in parked cars unattended.
In vehicles temperatures can soar very quickly, they can suffer considerably with heat stroke which can also be fatal.
Finding a baby animal
If you find or see a baby animal which you are worried about, always watch it from a distance as their parents may be nearby.
If you think they have been abandoned or orphaned call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 or contact your one of their local wildlife rehabilitator centers across the country.