Making mud for swallows

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NESTING swallows are being given a helping hand by staff at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

A warm, dry spring and early summer has meant that the birds are struggling to find enough mud to make their nests, so staff and volunteers are pouring buckets of recycled water onto dried-out soil to make muddy patches for the swallows.

Dawn McKie, who works in the reserve’s visitor centre, said: “For the last couple of years, swallows have nested in the porch outside the visitor centre – much to the delight of our visitors.

“But this year, they are struggling to find any mud to build and repair their nests, so we’re hopefully giving them a helping hand.”