THE CENTRO De Recuperacion De Fauna El Valle in Murcia has reported record figures of common swifts and pallid swifts being brought in to the wildlife rescue centre in the past two weeks.
The centre has seen over 200 of the birds, all in different stages of growth.
The swifts are in full reproductive phase and are likely to have been affected by the high temperatures recorded across the region – many chicks having jumped from their nests normally located under the roofs of houses.
The Director of Natural Environment, Consuelo Rosaura stressed ‘the importance of citizen collaboration to avoid the death of these birds’ and thanked the staff at the wildlife rescue centre for their work to ensure ‘these birds will be able to return to their natural environment once fully grown.’
Rosaura reminded all citizens:
‘If you find one of these birds, it is best to place it in a cardboard box. Do not attempt to feed it, instead take it to the wildlife rescue centre as soon as possible.’
When a bird arrives at the centre, it is examined and put on an appropriate treatment plan. Depending on its age and the extent (if any) of its injuries, recovery time is between one and four weeks.