THREE orphaned red squirrels arrived to Fishcross after their nest fell from a tree in Stirling.

The Scottish SPCA is looking after the animals at the National Wildlife Rescue Centre, where staff named the siblings Boromir, Gandalf and Fili.

The trio were discovered by a concerned member of the public in the neighbouring county and are now learning the skills to survive in the wild.

Colin Seddon, centre manager, said: “Boromir, Gandalf and Fili arrived in our care just over three weeks ago and have been getting on really well.

“The trio are being hand-reared by our expert centre staff and they will soon be weaned and then moved into one of our outdoor aviaries to develop the skills necessary to survive in the wild.

“Once Boromir, Gandalf and Fili have fully recovered, they’ll be released back into the wild at a supported release site.

“Nesting season for both squirrels and birds is well underway so we urge people to take care when cutting down trees or trimming hedges.

“It’s best to check for nests first to avoid any accidents.”

Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed wild animal should call the Scottish SPCA’s animal helpline on 0300 999 999.