Birds are very difficult to catch with bare hands. An old coat, blanket or towel will help if thrown over the casualty, although birds are most easily caught with a net. But remember, you will probably not catch a bird that can fly. Once you have rescued a bird, most can easily be held around the shoulders to prevent them from flapping their wings. Using both hands, your fingers should meet across the chest of the bird and you thumbs across the back. This will give a nice firm grip.
Pigeons, doves and small garden birds
All these birds are very susceptible to stress. It is best to transport them in a covered box. Do not leave them anywhere near children or other animals.
Herons, bitterns, grebes and other birds with long pointed beaks
These may all try to stab a handler especially around the face. If possible wear protective goggles when handling these birds, and always hold the head pointing away from you.
Birds of prey and owls
All will attack you with their feet, they don't often bite but it can be very nasty if they do. Always wear thick gloves to handle these birds and keep control of the feet. It is best to transport them in a box that is covered, and kept as quiet as possible.
Crows and gulls
All have very painful bites. Wear thick gloves for handling and watch out for flying vomit and poo! Once again they should be transported in a covered box.
If you find a bird and are unsure whether or not it is in need of help please call your local wildlife rescue centre for further advice and information.