Staff at a Huddersfield motor dealership are used to customers of all shapes and sizes.

But the latest visitor to their parts department proved a bit more demanding than most.

A sparrowhawk took up residence at Perrys in Northgate, Huddersfield, and seemed determined to sit it out.

He was there for two full days before birds of prey expert Wayne Auty was finally able to tempt him down and release the bird back into the wild.

Marketing executive Suzanne Procter said: “The bird had been within our parts warehouse for the past two days. We called the RSPCA and the RSPB, both of which were unable to help.

“We managed to find Wayne Auty who runs Wise Owl Bird of Prey Rescue who was willing to come out and help. He came firstly to assess the situation and then returned to help catch the bird.

“He advised us that as they don’t drink water, getting all the fluid from the prey they eat, and that the bird would not survive the next few days.

“With the help of a net and a number of staff, Wayne managed to get the bird into the lower level of the warehouse and then managed to guide it to a doorway to his release back into the wild.

“Wayne and his wife will rescue birds for free and never ask for any money for his time or effort, but our general manager Stuart Thompson has decided to donate £100 to his cause to help him continue his good work.”

The Sparrowhawk at Perrys
The Sparrowhawk at Perrys


The Latin name for the bird is Accipiter Nisus

There are an estimated 40,100 pairs of sparrowhawks in the UK

They mainly hunt in gardens and woodland

The adult male has distinctive orange-brown bars on his chest

They prey on small birds up to the size of a pigeon