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

  Aldeburgh's Amazing Swifts , Suffolk - telephone Christine or Alan on 07762 300050
  A Ingram, West Sussex (Horsham) please e-mail or call 0791 9090194

Bolton & Bury Swifts, Lancashire - please e-mail or call 0755 7796508
  East Sussex WRAS Wildlife Rescue, 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6JD telephone 0781 507 8234

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

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

Leeds Swifts 07778 768719  leedsswifts@gmail.com

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

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

Norfolk (South) Alex Prendergast - Click the link to e-mail or call 07585 987316

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

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

RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Hospital - Taunton Somerset TA3 5RT
Open for the public to bring in wildlife casualties between 08:00 & 21:00
0300 123 0721

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

M Sutherland - South Lincolnshire - telephone 07947 664811

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

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

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

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

Wildlife Welfare - Hertfordshire - Please phone 01438 313526

The Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital, New Farm, 1 Amesbury Road, Newton Tony, Nr. Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 0HW
 Please phone 0785 0778752  for 24 hours emergency service

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

Consult this Facebook Page - for advice, guidance, photos - click on the Swift Swifts on Facebook

In Europe, South Africa & beyond contact these Swift Carers

who provide advice & treatment & care

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

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

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
J Wakelam :
Please 'phone 01638 715971

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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