Network Rail bird rescue: Kestrel rescued from Edinburgh Waverley on Tuesday after 'losing its way' at the train station

A ‘wee’ Kestrel was found at a platform in Edinburgh Waverley after losing its way, however, train staff were able to rescue the small bird.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 4:55 am
The Kestrel was found in Edinburgh Waverley on Tuesday after losing its way (Photo: Network Rail & Andrew Milligan).
The Kestrel was found in Edinburgh Waverley on Tuesday after losing its way (Photo: Network Rail & Andrew Milligan).

The young kestrel was discovered by station staff and contractors on Tuesday, June22, at Edinburgh Waverley train station.

Network Rail Scotland tweeted: “The Kestrel now arriving on Platform One…

"This wee one was found in Edinburgh Waverley on Tuesday after losing their way. Our team, along with @BTPEastScot and @mitie were on hand to rescue it though.”

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The SSPCA were called out following the bird discovery at the Edinburgh station.

Upon its rescue, the bird was taken to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre where it will be assessed and looked after.

If all goes well, the kestrel will stay at the centre until it is old enough to be released into the wild, according to the SSPCA.

A Scottish SPCA spokesperson said: “We can confirm we were called out to Edinburgh Waverley station on Tuesday to retrieve a young kestrel discovered by station staff and contractors.

The Edinburgh Waverley kestrel is described as "young' by the SSPCA (Photo: Network Rail Scotland).

“The kestrel is now at the National Wildlife Rescue Centre where it will be assessed and looked after. All being well, it will stay at the centre until it is old enough to be released into the wild.”

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The kestrel was put in a box before making its way to the National Wildlife Rescue Centre in Alloa (Photo: Network Rail Scotland).