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I love the swifts as well Kate. I look for them every year in May and I so look forward to hearing first one screeching high in the sky, the...

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 Auguries of Innocence

To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage..... William Blake

And this is a quote from the RSPCA website ....  

"It’s a legal requirement under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, that birds kept in captivity have enough room to stretch their wings freely. But there are a few exceptions, such as when the bird is on temporary display at an exhibition.

Additionally, under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, people who keep birds have a duty to ensure that the birds’ needs for a suitable environment and to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns are met. A keeper who fails to do this, or who causes unnecessary suffering to a bird in their care, may be prosecuted.

If you have information about cruelty to an animal please contact the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty and advice line 0300 1234 999."


denise butcher

thank you everyone, who is the ideal people to complain to...?the council, police or rspca, or all three!


This is what Dove says up-thread-the RSPCA are sometimes slow to act -perhaps all three is the way to go

Dovefromabove wrote (see)

If this is in the UK then what he's doing is illegal - see here 

his actions should be reported to the police.

Most Police Authorities have a Wildlife Crime Liaison Officer or even a whole squad or similar.  

The mud nests under the eaves of houses will belong to house martins, not swifts which are more likely to nest under the roof tiles, but it is illegal to destroy martin or any other nests.

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