A swift return to Africa

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The Independent Online

The arrival of warm, sunny conditions has come too late to help one of the UK's most well-known summer birds, the swift, which has been hit by this year's miserable weather.

Flocks of swifts are already starting to head back to Africa, where they spend the winter, following a "disastrous" breeding season, conservationists said.

The wettest April to June on record has meant fewer flying insects for swifts and their chicks to eat.