Open ended pipes, posts and chimneys are another constant source of trouble for birds and mammals that get in and can't get out. Consider wire mesh, chicken wire or some other type of grill.

I've had many calls from people with swallows or bats stuck to fly papers where they have been used outside under a shelter or open barn where people sit to eat and drink. Finally an obvious solution "found" on Facebook, either enclose the sticky fly-paper with chicken wire or put it in a mesh bird feeder.

This baby fox on the right was luckier and was rescued from drowning just in time. Photo courtesy of Lydia Bourdeau and Pierre Mercier

Centre de Soins de la Faune Sauvage Poitevine

Fortunately this Red Kite was spotted entangled by barbed wire just in time and although it had a number of nasty tears it recovered following treatment and went on its way. This bird would have been on passage through Poitou-Charentes at the time.

Photo courtesy of Lydia Bourdeau and Pierre Mercier

  Centre de Soins de la Faune Sauvage Poitevine

Barbed wire should be avoided where ever possible if an alternative can be found. It's rarely necessary and stock fencing or electric tape is often a viable alternative . Owls and low flying raptors are frequent victims, the Long eared owl right died

Storm-water drainage pools and reservoirs invariably have smooth sides that prevent escape for any creature that falls in.

Although most people won't be directly involved or responsible for such a structure it may be possible to have a word with your local Maire in France if you have one nearby that doesn't have escape facilities built in. Many have simple devices such as below that can be easily added.

Containers are a constant source of death traps one way or another and I'm sure most people will have had some experience of this in one form or another.

Rainwater buts need a means for creatures to escape, this can be as simple as a branch or any other piece of rough wood- it really does work and everything from lizards and small mammals to bees and other insects will use it to gain their liberty.

Increasingly plastic tubs, buckets and other containers are discarded in picnic areas and beaches or perhaps just thrown out of a car. This Ocellated lizard would have eventually died. 

Even if it isn't yours if you see this type of thing lying around please consider picking it up and putting it in the right place. 

Our wildlife comes under constant threat as a direct result of human activity and although it's not possible to live without harming other creatures there are a number of simple areas where we can take preventative actions without any loss to ourselves - little things will save lives.


Here we have some all too common issues but there will be many more you can think of I'm sure.

This one is remarkably common, a snake getting entangled in netting, usually netting that has been left on the ground for clearing up later or perhaps simply discarded. In this case it's a Grass snake but I've had cases involving several different species. It's usually fatal because the snakes actions in trying to escape tighten the nylon more and more. 

Dangers to wildlife