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Newly hatched gulls are fluffy with black spots and webbed feet, roughly the size of a tennis ball when hatched.
When they are this age it is vital that if they fall from a roof they be placed back in the nest as they need their parents' warmth at night time.
If the nest is not accessible, please call your local wildlife rescue for further advice or take them to your nearest veterinary practice who will contact a rescue centre
When the gulls start getting their feathers they begin exploring, walking around and attempting to fly. This leads to them falling from rooftops.
At this age they need to be returned to their original roof - if you place them on the edge they will walk back to their nest. If this is not possible they can be placed on to a flat roof close to their original roof such as a garage, shed or extension where parents will continue to look after them.
If they are left on the ground they are vulnerable to predators so it is vital to get them up on a roof
Late in the summer, gulls begin to fledge - they are taking their first flights on their own.
This is a vital part of their development as they are building up the muscle stength in their wings.
Fledglings should be left on the ground, unless vulnerable to danger or in a confined space - if this is the case, please place them on a nearby flat roof as advised above
Gull chicks are quite resiliant but every year we receive hundreds of calls to those that unfortunately have been injured. Common injuries include being hit by a vehicle, caught by a cat or dog and broken wings.
If you find a young or adult gull that is injured, please stay with it and call your local wildlife rescue centre. If they have serious injuries, please if you are able to do so, take them immediately to your nearest veterinary practice.