Grounded swifts, swallows, and house martins

It's not unusual for these birds to leave their nests too early before they're able to fly properly.

Young swifts, swallows and house martins that leave their nests too soon may not be able to fly properly and can crash-land. They'll then be unable to take off again from the ground. Adult birds may also be on the ground if they're sick or injured.

Bird flu warning

Due to the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) currently in place across the UK, some baby birds can't be handled. Please follow our bird flu and baby birds advice to check which species can be handled and what to do.

Found a bird on the ground

If you find a swift, swallow or house martin on the ground, you should get them looked at by a professional to find out the cause.

Place them in a secure cardboard box with ventilation holes and line it with a towel or newspaper. Once they're safe, call a wildlife rehabilitator for the best course of action.

Who to contact about a swift, swallow or house martin

You can find a list of swift carers at swift-conservation.org.

You can also contact your local vet or wildlife rehabilitation centre to ask if they're able to help. If they're unavailable, call us on 0300 1234 999.

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