SWIFTS, Swallows and House Martins are all aerial feeders. They feed on the wing and very rarely land.
They are migratory birds, visiting our shores around April to October when they fly back to Africa.
If found grounded, more than likely there is a problem.
Sadly, some people still feel the need to knock down nests from under the eaves. This is not only cruel, it is illegal.
In 2016 we had reports of one dreadful lady actually shutting her garage doors to prevent the swallows from entering to feed their young. A neighbour witnessed her doing it and asked her not to. The lady replied she didn't want the mess that the swallow chicks made.
In previous years we have had builders/roofers deliberately knock down nests and leaving the young to die.
Cruel acts like this should be reported immediately to the WILDLIFE CRIME OFFICER and photographs/videos taken as evidence.
If you should find a house martin, swallow or swift chick, it may be injured due to the nest collapsing or falling to the ground.
It will need WARMTH
It will need to be placed in a safe, quiet, dark place until a place at a Wildlife Rescue can be secured.
DO NOT FEED THIS TYPE OF BIRD:-
Bread and milk
Worms from the garden
Swallows, swifts and house martins are insect eaters which they catch on the wing.
In Rescue, we replicate this food with live crickets, waxworms and clean maggots. All of these foods can be purchased from a Pet Store, Reptile Store or from Ebay.
A dusting of calcium should be dusted onto their food to build up strong wings and bones.
CRICKETS, need to have their spiny legs removed before feeding to the chick. The legs are just too much for a little bird.
You may find that some of these baby birds won't GAPE, especially the swifts.
if they don't gape, then you need to do the following:
1. Prepare the food, legs off the crickets etc
2. Thoroughly wash your hands
3. With a clean finger nail, gently prise open the baby's beak
4. Drop a cricket or waxworm into his mouth.
On the 1st April, a female hedgehog was admitted with lacerations and a broken leg. These were caused by a dog attack. The leg had to be amputated
The Wildlife Orphanage has had an influx of small hedgehogs over the last few weeks. These are the Autumn Juveniles, born late in the year. They are often seen out in daytime and looking a bit wobbly. Please act quickly if you see one as they go downhill rapidly.
With winter just around the corner, these little hogs will be just too light for hibernation. They need to put on lots of weight to see them through the winter.
If you see a tiny hedgehog roaming about, often in daylight,
Please ring 0771 1883072 for advice.