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. Sick or injured adults may also be on the ground.

Found a bird on the ground

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

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

Who to contact

A list of swift carers can be found on

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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