27 July 2018

Heatwave puts swallows and house martins in danger

SWALLOWS AND HOUSE MARTINS ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE IN THIS HEATWAVE, reports the Times.  House martins use mud to make their nests but will struggle to find it because the ground is so dry, and for those who have already made nests, they are likely to crack in the heat.  Swallows nesting in outbuildings with metal rooves are also badly affected, with a risk of chicks succumbing to heat absorbed by the metal.  An RSPB spokesman said: “you can help all wildlife by topping up your birdbaths and ponds, or by putting out shallow dishes of water.”