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House Martin
The first UK and Ireland charity
dedicated to the care and protection
of this wonderful little bird

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Edd Cottell

About us

We are a newly formed conservation charity covering the UK and Ireland dedicated to the care and protection of the house martin.

House martin numbers have been in decline for many years with a UK & Ireland conservation status of ‘Red’. The reasons are complex.

What we aim to do is to encourage as many people as possible to come together and raise awareness in communities that this special bird of the hirundine family, needs our help, and encourage communities to take action to improve nesting opportunities for house martins. We aim to halt and hopefully reverse their decline in numbers.

Conservation & rescue

There are many people around the UK and Ireland who help us to monitor house martin numbers as well as rescue and rehabilitate injured birds.

Artificial nest cups

Where to buy and place nest cups and dealing with droppings.


We have free resources available from leaflets, posters and educational material for you to download and use to help raise awareness.

Did you know?

There are lots of unknowns about house martins. When they leave us in September/October it is unknown where exactly they go to in Africa along with which routes they take. They are such sociable birds choosing our buildings to nest on and we know a lot about their ecology in the UK. However, their numbers are in decline for a variety of reasons.

Want to get involved?

If you love birds and want to help, we would love to hear from you. There are lots of ways you can get involved from volunteering, photography, monitoring bird numbers and talking to your communities and schools about the plight of the house martin.

Social media

Keep up to date with all the latest discussions and photos on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Edd Cottell
Don’t let the house martin disappear, let’s work together to save this enigmatic little bird.

How to help

See the ways you can help protect the house martin.

Nest cups

Check out our top tips – Where to buy nest cups, where to place them and dealing with droppings.

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