Cardigan RNLI come to rescue of fallen House Martin's nest

Lifeboats News Release

Last weekend, 29th July, Cardigan RNLI volunteers came to the rescue after a House Martin's nest fell off the wall of the RNLI Station at Poppit Sands

House Martins makeshift nest in crew's helmet

RNLI/Tracy Newman

House Martins makeshift nest in crew's helmet
When crew members examined the damage they discovered that there were three chicks still alive in the nest after the fall. One of the volunteer crew members, had the idea to carefully picked up the nest with the chicks in place and put it into his helmet.

The helmet was then attached onto the wall where the original nest had been in the hope that the parents would come back and continue to feed their chicks.

Thankfully the parent birds didn't seem to mind the change in appearance of the nest and continue to feed the young chicks who don't appear to have suffered too badly from the fall and are almost ready to leave the nest for pastures new.

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For more information please contact Tracy Newman Cardigan RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07805 246975

Crew member Gareth Owen attaching his helmet to the RNLI station wall

RNLI/Tracy Newman

Crew member Gareth Owen attaching his helmet to the RNLI station wall

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