A TEAM of volunteers at Secret World Wildlife Rescue pulled together to rescue a stranded buzzard which was trapped more than 20 feet above the ground.

Volunteers from the East Huntspill wildlife charity were alerted to the bird's distress after it managed to get tangled up in a safety net at Enmore Park Golf Club last month.

Graeme Thompson, a volunteer response driver at the charity, who was sent to rescue the bird, said: "When I arrived, I thought it was an impossible rescue because of how high the bird was suspended from the ground.

“The net was free-standing, so it was a struggle to find somewhere safe to prop up the ladder to reach the bird.

“Thankfully, a neighbour lent his help and strength to enable us to reach the bird.

"I’ve been to many tricky rescues during my time at Secret World but this was one of the trickiest.”

Graeme took the buzzard back to the wildlife centre for a full assessment by the charity’s care team.

Emily Redman, a carer at the wildlife charity, assessed the bird and although it appeared to be in good physical condition with a healthy weight of over a kilogram, its right leg was stiff and its talons were clenched owing to the time suspended in the net.

Emily said: “We tube-syringed the bird with rehydration fluid and pain killers.

"In order to protect his tail feathers, we placed them in a protective sleeve for the duration of its hospitalisation.

“Once he’s fully recovered and rested, we’ll release him back into the wild.”