Solicitor Keith takes bird under his wing

Solicitor Keith White with the rescued Housemartin. 1308130111
Solicitor Keith White with the rescued Housemartin. 1308130111

A solicitor’s office in Blyth has welcomed a new feathered friend to the team.

A fledgling house martin has made itself at home in the office of Keith White, one of the partners of Cutherbertson’s Solicitors in Stanley Street.

Keith, who volunteers for Blyth Wildlife Rescue, has been caring for the bird for two weeks after it was found by a member of the public in Boulmer.

It is believed that the bird, which would have been just ten-days-old at the time, was found on the ground having got out of its nest.

Keith, 48, of Bedlington, said: “The bird was taken to a local vets who contacted Blyth Wildlife Rescue, who then contacted me and I was only too happy to help.

“It’s just been a case of being like a surrogate parent.

“Wildlife has always been an interest to me and because of that ability to assist in treating an injury and putting them out into the wild again after rehabilitation, it gives me great satisfaction.”

Keith, a former wildlife officer for Northumbria Police, has made up a cosy box for the bird in his office, which he also takes with him when he visits clients and when he goes home of an evening.

Keith said: “It’s been brilliant having him here, like having a little friend.

“Clients think it’s really cool. He will be a big miss.

“It would be nice to keep him but I’ve been rehabilitating animals for about 20 years and you have to let them go.”

Keith said the bird will be released back into the wild this week, possibly in Wooler.