Monday 26 February 2018

Blue tit family gives it some welly

A family of Blue Tits have made their home inside a welly boot decoration at the entrance of the Welly Boot Land playground at Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust/PA)
A family of Blue Tits have made their home inside a welly boot decoration at the entrance of the Welly Boot Land playground at Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire (Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust/PA)

A welly boot decoration at the entrance of a playground has been chosen as home for a family of birds.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre grounds manager Nathan Dixon spotted the pair of blue tits flying to and from a gatepost leading to the playground Welly Boot Land.

To his surprise, he noticed the pair were flying into one of the boots to feed chicks in the toe.

Mr Dixon said: "Welly Boot Land gets the vote with all our family visitors and now these feathered ones too.

"I watched them for a while on a busy day and they seemed oblivious to the noise from the play area.

"They are high up and their nest is obviously waterproof so, on reflection, it is a fairly good nesting spot.

"It is a nice reminder of how wildlife will adapt and use different environments."

The Gloucestershire-based Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust was founded in 1946 by the late Sir Peter Scott.

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