Let's take care of birds

Care and reception stations

Here you can help injured birds and mammals

We keep receiving reports of injured animals that need our help. Whether sick young hedgehogs or buzzards caught in a car - NABU takes care of the animal victims directly in various collection and care stations.

Young kestrel - Photo: Monika Strukow-Hamel

We keep receiving reports of injured animals that need our help. Common buzzards caught by cars are unfortunately just as much on the agenda in our European cultural landscape as the stork that crashed on an overhead power line or the kingfisher that crashed on a glass facade. The trend is increasing! This is a clear indication of the increasing consumption of nature and landscape.

What to do with injured mammals and birds NABU takes care of the animal victims directly in various collection and care stations. The aim is to reintroduce the animals to the wild.


Care and rescue stations for birds and mammals in Germany:

You are welcome to report the addresses of other stations to us. Please note that these are often voluntary species or animal rights activists who take care of injured animals in their free time. There is therefore no entitlement to admission of the animals. In many cases, the operators of the care stations listed here do not act on behalf of NABU and are responsible for the condition of the care facility themselves. Please notify us if violations of the animal or nature conservation law are observed or the keeping of the animals appears questionable.



The largest station is the Leiferde species protection center operated by NABU Lower Saxony, which places great value on help with a sense of proportion against the background of ecological species and wildlife protection. Under no circumstances should there be excessive protection of individual animals. Rather, it is important not to "mess up" natural selection too much, nor to abuse wild animals with prostheses or the like through excessive intensive care medicine. The aim is to reintroduce the native fosterlings into the wild.


First aid to birds

How to help injured animals

If you have found an injured bird or a young bird and are not sure which species it is, the pictures on the Wildvogelhilfe website may be of further help. In many cases, the further procedure depends on the respective bird species. The most common birds found are: swifts, wood pigeons, house sparrows, hooded crow and magpie.


How can a flightless bird be helped?

For this it is necessary to assess whether it is a young bird or an already independent bird. In many bird species the young birds leave the nest unable to fly. This is completely natural and is part of enemy avoidance behavior. This reduces the risk that all young birds fall victim to a predator at the same time. The young birds continue to be looked after by their parents on the ground. If a young bird sits on the street or in a similar danger area, it should be placed in an adjacent green area and, depending on the bird species, in the bushes or on a tree. Our domestic birds smell almost nothing, so you do not have to worry about any human odor that might adhere to the young.

Common swifts are an exception, they are only taken care of by the adult birds at the breeding site. Please do not take a young tawny owl home with you either. Too many young birds die unnecessarily from well-intentioned but incorrect care in human hands. Therefore our request: If you are unsure about the assessment of the hazard potential, then call the NABU or an employee of the wildlife care station in your area.


When should the police or fire brigade be called in?

Whenever life and limb of people would be endangered by a rescue, e.g. B. when rescuing a wild bird hanging on a string in a tree, or when a mute swan is frozen on a body of water. If a mallard family wants to cross a street in the city center, the police can regulate the traffic to avoid the chicks or the mother duck being run over. Stopping on the motorway is prohibited. If you want to help an injured animal there, you should also call the police in this case.


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