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Wildlife Emergency phone numbers

If you have any specific records of flora and fauna for the Haddenham Area, please send them to Paul Mason, 13 Aldreth Road, Haddenham, Nr Ely, Cambs. (01353 740219), or Email Paul

If you find a grounded Swift
Swifts are insectivorous birds, so they need to be fed only on insects.
Diets based on cheese, cat food, any meat or other non-insect food, are ultimately fatal

Most grounded Swifts are likely to be fledglings that have fallen out of the nest before they are ready to fly, so they will need fostering. Occasionally an adult will meet with an accident and plummet to the ground, in which case it may need rehabilitating.
If you find a grounded Swift, the priority is to make it safe by carefully picking it up and putting it in a box, then closing the lid to enable it to calm down, then keep it warm.
Swifts are difficult to care for, as they need a special diet. Swifts are not for beginners, so your next step should be to get in touch with someone who is a specialist in this field. Sadly, the major conservation bodies and also many wildlife rescue centres are often unaware of the swift's dietary needs.
A common problem for recently rescued swifts is dehydration. Outcomes can be improved if the swift is rehydrated by stroking a wetted cotton bud around its bill, avoiding the nostrils. A small pinch of sugar or glucose in the water can also help.
If you pick up an adult and consider that it is ready to fly, the technique for releasing it safely is not to throw it into the air, but to hold it in the palms of your hands, raise your hands high and the bird should go. Make sure you are releasing it INTO the wind, and choose a place where, if it should come to ground again, you can easily find it.

For further information or help, visit, or get in touch with Jake on 01353 740540.
For anything to do with Mammals (sightings, etc.) contact the CAMBRIDGE MAMMAL GROUP.
Contact Email
"We are a growing group of individuals (all volunteers) whose aim is to look after the health and welfare of the wild  mammals of Cambridgeshire.  Currently there are about 45 members of the Group – around a dozen of whom regularly undertake a range of activities.
The formal Constitution  of the Group describes our objectives – to work for the conservation and protection of wild mammals in Cambridgeshire - in more detail."

For injured Mammals and birds except Owls and other birds of prey.
RSPCA. West Winch, Norfolk: O300 123 0709 during working
National Emergency number: 0300 1234 999 after working hours
For injured Owls and Birds of Prey.
Raptor Foundation, St Ives Road, Woodhurst, Huntingdon PE28 3BT. Near Somersham.
Phone number 01487 741140.
For dead Owls and other raptors with ring on leg please ring
Jake Allsop on 01353 740540 or mobile 07749 898797.
For other dead birds with ring on send ring to Ringing Secretary, BTO. The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU.
Say where it was found and when. If you want to know where and when it was ringed ask to be informed.
HCS would also be keen to know.
Found A Bat?
If you find an injured bat or one on the ground or in an exposed place during the day then it is likely to need help. Phone the Bat Helpline 0845 1300 228 for advice. They will assess the situation and may send a trained Bat Carer to rescue the bat. Do not handle the bat unless absolutely necessary and then only whilst wearing thick gloves.
Basic information and advice is also available on the Bat Conservation Trust website The Helpline can also be contacted for general queries 9 to 5.30, Monday- Friday.
Bats are in serious trouble both in the UK and all over the world. Every individual we can rescue and rehabilitate is precious. Thank you.
Barbara York