1. ITV Report

Hundreds of budgies need homes after being rescued from the same house

The RSPCA is searching for homes for hundreds of budgies all rescued from the same house.

The animal welfare charity intervened following reports there were hundreds of birds living in the property in Sussex. They were expecting to find around 200 budgies but ended up removing 359.

They were flying free around the semi-detached home so we had to use capture nets to safely catch them and remove them.

When you entered the property there was a sea of yellow, green, blue and white, with birds perched everywhere. The noise from their tweeting and chirping was deafening.

– Inspector Liz Wheeler, RSPCA

The birds were signed over to the RSPCA by their owner who wasn't able to cope with them. But the charity’s real challenge is now to find all the birds new homes.

The budgies have been taken in by a number of our branches, centres and by private boarding establishments across the country. Mallydams Wildlife Centre in Hastings, nearby, has kindly taken on 50 birds while RSPCA Brighton’s Patcham Centre has also taken some in.

And our centre in South Godstone, Surrey, has taken almost 100.

– Inspector Liz Wheeler, RSPCA