NESTING BIRDS DELAY REMOVAL OF CHRISTMAS TREE OUTSIDE TOWN HALL

Nesting birds have delayed the removal of the Christmas tree from outside of Crewkerne Town Hall in Market Square. The nest in the tall fir tree was discovered by the town council’s ground staff yesterday, when the festive lights were being removed and as the photo taken by Lewis Warren shows, already contains newly born chicks.

Deputy Town Clerk, Laura Gowers said: “Town Council staff began removing the lights from the Christmas tree, to allow the tree to be removed by John Wyatt, as he does every year. This year however, our staff have found birds nesting in the very top of the tree, with young birds in the nest. As a result, the Christmas tree will stay in place until the youngsters have fledged.”

The main breeding season for nesting birds is officially from February until August, although some birds may nest outside this period, particularly if temperatures are mild during the autumn and winter seasons. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), who are currently promoting this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch which takes place from January 29th – 31st, confirmed that it was not unusual for birds to nest early.

A spokesperson for the RSPB said: “Sometimes birds can be induced to start building nests and laying eggs by unseasonably high temperatures. Although pigeons and doves, such as wood pigeon and collared dove, have no qualms about breeding young at any time of year.” To take part in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and receive an information pack, please visit www.rspb.org.uk/getinvolved/activities/birdwatch.

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