British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2009-04-03 15:46:06

South East rescue boat's first rescue

Rescued birdWhile launching and testing the South East RIB 'Shearwater', I found a small bird struggling to fly across the Channel.

It was obviously returning from its migration and couldn't quite make land. It crash landed on our RIB, and I placed it in my glove and took it the four remaining miles to Newhaven, releasing it into a fir tree, where it fell asleep. Can anyone confirm it's a Yellow Hammer?

Update: I have since received several emails telling me that the little bird who crash landed on our RIB was in fact a male Yellow Wagtail!

Alan Knight