Gannet adult at nest with chick, Bass Rock

Stranded seabirds

During strong gales seabirds, such as gannets, fulmars, storm petrels, Manx shearwaters and little auks may get blown inland and find themselves stranded.

What to do if you find seabirds stranded

The most likely time of year to find seabirds stranded inland is during the autumn, when large numbers of them are on the move around our coasts.

These birds are usually tired and disoriented and can be fed, with difficulty, on strips of raw fish or small, whole raw fish.

They should be returned to the sea as soon as possible. It is best to release shearwaters in the evening, or at night.

A reminder

The RSPB does not run bird hospitals or a rescue service, so please do not contact us about stranded seabirds, as we are unable to help. The RSPCA (England and Wales), SSPCA (Scotland) and USPCA (Northern Ireland) are the national charities that help and advise on wildlife welfare matters. You can also find an independent local rescue centre on the Help Wildlife website.