Birds rescued from old TV at Mid and East Antrim recycling centre

Three little birds have been rescued from a household recycling centre in Mid and East Antrim after they started nesting in a discarded television at the facility.

Thursday, 13th May 2021, 3:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 3:30 pm

Thanks to the quick actions of council Officers, there was a ‘flappy’ ending for the feathered friends, who were safely transported from Waveney Road Household Recycling Centre in Ballymena to the Debbie Doolittle Animal Sanctuary in Dundrod.

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

Mayor, Cllr Peter Johnston, congratulated all those involved in the rescue operation.

The birds have gone to the Debbie Doolittle Animal Sanctuary in Dundrod.

The DUP representative said: “Well done to the caring Waveney Road Waste Team and our Ballymena Assistant Waste Supervisor, Trevor McIlhagga, 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.”

The Wildlife and Natural Environment (NI) 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.

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The birds are now nesting comfortably in the hands of an expert in their new nursery.

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The birds were found in an old television set.