Swift First Aid & Care

You have found a fallen Swift   Swift chick No 93, safe in its cardboard box

Don't throw it in the air- Don't feed it - Don't delay

   1. Put your Swift in a quiet, warm, safe, calm & clean environment  - a ventilated shoe box is ideal
       and put it somewhere
away from any disturbance. See photo on the right  - the Swift is calm
   2. Take a photo and if you can, weigh the bird too - you can assess its age using the photos below
   3. Give it water by
running a wetted cotton bud around the edge of the beak avoiding the nostrils
Measure the Swift's wing length (see photo below). It can only fly if its wings are each at least 16cm long
   5. Don't try and care for the Swift yourself. It is high-risk, difficult, expensive and time-consuming
   6. Contact a Carer from the list below; give them information about your Swift; get the Swift to them ASAP

Swift Wing Length check The distance to measure is shown as a red line on the photo on the left

20 weeks old

Swift chick at 2 weeks old - it weighs
38 grams

Swift chick at 3 weeks old - it weighs 45 grams

Swift chick at 4 weeks old - it weighs 50 grams

Swift chick at 6 weeks old - it weighs 44 grams

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

The individuals, charities and organisations below may be able to assist:
NB: These are all independent care providers. Where we can we check on their abilities and procedures, but unfortunately this is not always possible.

E-mail and Internet web page links are underlined

  Cheshire -  RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre, London Road, Nantwich CW5 7JW Open 08:00 to 20:00 (21:00 May to Sept) Call 0300 1230722

  Cumbria - Kendal College Animal Rescue Milnthorpe Road, Kendal  LA9 5AY  telephone 01539 814700 Monday to Friday only

  Derbyshire - Pet Samaritans - St Bernard's Animal Sanctuary & Wildlife Rescue Centre, Chesterfield S41 9EA  - call 01246 455777 / 07872421878

  Devon (edge of Somerset) North Combe, Shillingford, Tiverton - L Goss - Call 07732 943781

  Dorset (West) West Dorset House Martin Rehabilitation, Dorchester - Call 07377 632992 or e-mail using the link

  Essex (Basildon) - Natures 2nd Chance Wildlife Rescue click here to e-mail

  Hampshire - Hart Wildlife Rescue Unit 9 Lower Soldridge Business Park, Soldridge Road, Medstead, Alton GU34 5JF

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

  Hertfordshire -  Wildlife Welfare -  Please phone 01438 313526

  Hertfordshire -  C Nuttall - Aylesbury & Hemel Hempstead - Click the link to e-mail or telephone 07917 877333

  Isle of Wight - IOW Wild Bird Rehabilitation 31 Love Lane, Cowes PO31 7ET  - Click the link to e-mail or 'phone: 07765 564 479

  Kent - Folly Wildlife Rescue, Broadwater Forest Wildlife Hospital, Fairview Lane, Broadwater Forest, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9LU telephone 01892 543 213

  Kent - Tonbridge & surroundings areas - Gabo Wildlife - telephone 07470 857171

  Lancashire (South) - Bolton & Bury Swifts - please Call/Text/WhatsApp 0755 7796508

  Lincolnshire (South)  M Sutherland Click the link to e-mail / 'phone 07947 664811

  London Wildlife Protection  07909 795064  If you find a sick or injured bird call the Emergency helpline between 9am and Midnight

  Manchester (Greater) - Bolton & Bury Swifts - please Call/Text/WhatsApp 0755 7796508

  Norfolk (South) Alex Prendergast - Text /WhatsApp with photos to 07585 987316

  Nottingham & Derby - Feline & Wildlife Rescue - Click the link to go to their website and make contact (also on Facebook)

  Oxfordshire Wildlife Rescue, Woodway Road, Blewbury, Oxfordshire, OX11 9HW  - Call 07549 322464

  Scotland - Aberdeenshire  The New Arc,  Nether Auquhadlie, Auchnagatt, Ellon AB41 8UW  Click the link to e-mail or call 07813 304874

  Scotland (Highlands) - Blue Highlands Avian Conservation Centre - 1 Golf Road, Brora KW9 6QS, 0797 584817

  Somerset - RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Hospital - Taunton TA3 5RT Open 08:00 to 21:00 Call 0300 123 0721

  Somerset - Secret World Wildlife Rescue, New Road Farm, New Road, East Huntspill, Highbridge,TA 3PZ Telephone 01278 783250

  Suffolk - Framlingham - Call, Text or WhatsApp Zoe Crossley 079 555 13713

  Sussex (East) WRAS Wildlife Rescue, 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6JD telephone 0781 507 8234

  Sussex (West) A Ingram, (Horsham) please e-mail or call 0791 9090194

  Sussex - Brighton,  S Whitworth & J LeadbetterClick the links to e-mail / 'phones 07715 681662 / 07480 841000

  Sussex (East) Wildlife A & E, Unity Cottage, High Cross, Rotherfield, Crowborough TN6 3PX telephone 0770 957 4665  e-mail - click here

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

  Surrey - H Finden-Brown - Call 07977 911985 or 01483 767209

  Warwickshire - Nuneaton Swift Care - 07508 332 241 (please text or leave a message if there is no answer)

  Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital, New Farm, 1 Amesbury Road, Newton Tony, Nr. Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0HW Call - 0785 0778752 (24 hours)

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

  Yorkshire - Leeds Swifts 07778 768719  leedsswifts@gmail.com

  Yorkshire (West)  B Thorne - Ilkley - Can transport birds to local carers - Click the link to e-mail / 'phone 01943 816488

Transport of injured and sick wildlife (a nation-wide service) UK Wildlife Transporters - click on the link

Ask your Vet or the RSPCA -  they may be able to help, they may know of local wildlife carers

Consult these 2 Facebook Pages - for advice, guidance, photos - click on the Swifts Swifts on Facebook   Swifts on Facebook

In Europe,Turkey, South Africa & beyond contact these Swift Carers

who provide advice & treatment & care  -  click on the underlined text to see their website or make contact

ArmeniaFlag     Siranush Tumanyan (Armenia)

EireFlag     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

e-mail link     Les Martinets d'Azur   Nice, Provence, France

e-mail link     Les Remiges Noires   Chennevières-sur-Marne, France  e-mail:  lesremigesnoires@gmail.com

e-mail link    Le Réseau des Centres de Soins de la Faune en France

Israel Flag     Friends of the Swifts  Sde Boker 39 Givatayim 5346559,  Israel  0505-460371

Quando si ritrova un nidiaceo     Silvana di Mauro (Regione di Trieste)      Oriana Ferrandino (Regione di Abruzzo)

    Hilde Matthes (Frankfurt am Main)

    Enric Fuste (Catalunya)

      Andalusia / Andaluza Centros de Recuperatión de Especias Amenazadas
                 Almería         CREA La Almohallas 670 94 45 92
                 Cádiz            CREA Dunas de San Antón 670 94 61 98
                 Córdoba      CREA Los Villares 670 94 79 01
                 Granada       CREA El Blanqueo 670 94 56 99
                 Jaén              CREA Quiebrajano 670 94 62 63
                 Málaga          CREA Pecho Venus 670 94 45 98
                 Sevilla           CREA San Jerónimo 670 94 15 92

                Provincia de Badajoz
- AMUS (Acción por el Mundo Salvaje) 924 12 40 51
                Provincia de Cáceres - Centro de Recuperación de Fauna "Los Hornos" 927 20 01 70 

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

SA Flag      Johannesburg - South Africa - Friends of Free Wildlife website, telephone 082 701 8318 and

e-mail link     Gökçe Coşkun - wildlife rehabilitation (Turkey)

Advice for Vets
You can contact these advisers listed below for full guidance on professional care for Swifts

S Hart : Please 'phone
0161 798 7122 or e-mail here
M Sutherland :
Please 'phone 07947 664811 or e-mail here

Essential reading for Vets and licensed wildlife rehabilitators

Handrearing the Common Swift "The Hand-rearing of Common Swifts" - download this article by Hilde Matthes & Gillian Westray. It gives detailed care instructions

Hints for Vets Christiane Haupt's "Hints for Vets" - Swift condition and injury assessment, diagnosis and surgical procedures

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