Injured and alive

If you come across a sick or injured animal please report it to the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.

For marine mammals such as whales, dolphins and seals, please report it to the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999, and also​​ British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546

The UK has a "strandings network" of experts who are specially trained in how to deal with stranding emergencies and have vets on hand to help. Their involvement will help to ensure that the stranded animals are treated properly.

Seal pups

If you come across a seal pup on the shore, keep yourself (and your dog if relevant) away from the seal. Pups wash up on the beaches after they have been born, they are usually in good health and mum is often nearby and will attend her young. If the pup is touched and moved it will often result in it being abandoned.

If the seal has visible signs of injury, looks skinny or lethargic or has breathing difficulties, please call the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999

Never drag the animal back to the water as this may cause it a serious injury, and keep people and dogs away to reduce any stress that the animal may be experiencing.

Dead animals

If you come across any dead marine animal please also report it to The Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme on 01463 243030

Avian influenza

Read avian flu advice