Birds rescued at recycling depot

Three little birds have been rescued and taken to safety after they started nesting in a discarded television at Ballymena’s Waveney Road recycling centre.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 7:59 am

Thanks to the quick actions of the Council Officers, there was a ‘flappy’ ending for the feathered friends.

The little chicks were safely transported from the Ballymena waste facility to the Debbie Doolittle Animal Sanctuary in Dundrod.

The birds certainly had an arduous day, but are now nesting comfortably in the hands of an expert in their new nursery.

Debbie Nelson with the birds which have gone to Debbie Doolittle’s Wildlife Sanctuaryin Dundrod

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, congratulated all those involved in the rescue operation.

He said: “Well done to the caring Waveney Road Waste Team and our Ballymena Assistant Waste Supervisor, who were unflappable in their efforts to ensure the safety of the three newborn chicks.

“Our hard working staff have shown great commitment in spite of the many challenges of the last 12 months.

“And I would like to commend them for their actions on this occasion,” said the Mayor.

The little birds are now safe and well


The Wildlife and Natural Environment (Northern Ireland) Act 2011 protects nesting birds and it is an offence under this legislation to disturb nesting birds, their chicks, nests or eggs at any time of the year.