Rehabilitation

Raquel Chaves holding a swift that she rescued in 2014.
Raquel Chaves holding a swift that she rescued in 2014.

Each season, Swifts are found on the ground having fallen from their nest before they are old enough to fly.

Swifts on the ground need your help!.

If you find a Swift on the ground pick it up carefully. Place it in a cardboard box (line the box with some smooth fabric like t-shirt or some kitchen paper and make ventilation holes in the side of the box) and put it in a quiet, warm place.

Once you have done this get advice from :

  • Co. Louth : Yvette van Schreven Togher/Dunleer 041 685 2753
  • Co. Lough : Nicola Carroll Monasterboice, Drogheda 086 6076420
  • Co. Mayo : Lynda Huxley, Castlebar 083 4809532
  • Co. Meath : WRI Wildlife Hospital near Navan 0818 877766 or 01 6877766

Below are links to a few documents which give advice on assessing and caring for a swift if you are unable to take it to a rehabber. You can also find detailed advice on this website by swift rehab expert Enric Fusté http://falciotnegre.com.