Flash the Kingfisher was brought into our rescue by Wildlife Angels in Chapel Milton in the High Peak, Derbyshire. The Kingfisher is a magnificent bird to look at with colours of bright blue and orange. Masters of flight, they hunt for small insects and fish by darting low over water and are able to hover too. Due to loss of habitat through pollution and unsympathetic management of watercourses, Kingfishers are considered to be amber critical on the UK conservation protection list. They are also listed as a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. It’s estimated there are somewhere between 3800 – 6400 breeding pairs in the UK. They are usually seen by areas of water such as lakes, secluded ponds, canals and rivers in lowland areas. They are particularly vulnerable to harsh winters and have been hit hard by loss of habitat and pollution over the years. It’s important we do everything we can to help these little wonders of our waterways.
Poor Flash has come to us because of an injured wing but is recovering well. Kingfishers are very shy birds, so Flash is being kept in a quite part of the sanctuary, with as little interference from us as possible. Fingers crossed he’ll be back out in the wild soon.
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