Swift First Aid & Carers

You have found a fallen Swift...
Stop! Don't throw it in the air! Don't feed it!
Now read on...

Caught and plucked by a Sparrowhawk -  but saved

A young Swift found on a roof - all it needed was two days rest - then it flew        
Photos Erich Kaiser & Margers Martinsons

Plucked by a Sparrowhawk but the wings are undamaged - it can fly

Read this first!

   You've found a fallen Swift.....  So don't delay!
   1. Put it in a warm, safe, calm environment  - a ventilated cardboard box (like a shoe box) is ideal
   2. Take a photo and weight it too
   3. DO NOT FEED IT until you have received specialist advice from one of our carers (see contacts list below)
   4. Give it water by putting drops on its beak with a Baby Bud
   5. DO NOT THROW IT INTO THE AIR - this may seriously injure or kill it
   Now please read on .... Thanks!

Caring for Swifts is Difficult, Expensive and Time Consuming

1: Ask your Vet -  they may be able to help, they may know of local wildlife carers

2: Call a UK Swift Carer -  providing advice, treatment and care

IMPORTANT !  Weight and photograph your Swift and e-mail the photo and weight details to the carer
That will greatly enhance assessment of the chick's condition and prognosis

The individuals and organisations below may be able to assist:
nb: These are all independent care providers. We list them because they have volunteered their services
Please let us know how you get on with them

 S Hart - Manchester area - ADVICE ONLY - Click the link to e-mail or telephone 0161 798 7122 & leave a message

D Lauterpacht - Hertfordshire - Click the link to e-mail or telephone 01763 262532 mobile 07710484867

C Piggott - Bishop Auckland, County Durham - click the link to e-mail / phone 01388 602707 / 01325 321871

RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, London Road, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 7JW
Open for the public to bring in wildlife casualties between 08:00 & 20:00 (21:00 May to September)
telephone 0300 1230722

B Thorne - Ilkley, West Yorks - Can transport birds to local carers - Click the link to e-mail / phone 01943 816488

Vikki - Fauna Wildlife Rescue, Cardiff - telephone 02920 569914

J Wakelam - Mildenhall, Suffolk - Please phone 01638 715971 / 07765 762945

G Westray - Broadway, Worcestershire - Please phone 01386 584691

Wildlife Aid Foundation: Randalls Farmhouse, Randalls Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 0AL 
    Hours: daily 9am – 8pm - Click the link for full details

Wildlife Haven, Thirsk, North Yorkshire 01845 526 567   www.facebook.com/thewildlifehaven

 Wildlife RescueRingwood, Hampshire- Please phone 01425 477500 / 07765 327558

3: Consult this Facebook Page - for advice, guidance, photos - click on the Swift Contact Swift Conservation

4: Contact these EU Swift Carers - providing advice, treatment and care

Quando si ritrova un nidiaceo     Silvana di Mauro (Regione di Trieste)      Oriana Ferrandino (Regione di Abruzzo)           Hilde Matthes (Frankfurt am Main)

     Enric Fuste (Catalunya)            Miguel
 Carrero Gálvez (España)          Lynda Huxley (Eire)

e-mail link      Refuge de L'Arche de Noe, Saint-Joseph des Genêts, 53200 Château-Gontier, Mayenne, France 0033 2 43 07 24 38

Fundacja Ratujmy Ptaki       Wiecej informacji na temat jerzyka, kwestii zwiazanych z jego gniazdowaniem oraz innych wskazowek mozna uzyskac na stronie Fundacji Ratujmy Ptaki                  - e-mail: Warszawa , e-mail Szczecin  

DIY Swift Care  Want to do it yourself? Really? Click here to go to the Swift Rehabilitation page

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