Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 11°C

ESTD 1874 Search

The pigs are coming. Find out more about

Pigs Gone Wild

here.

Orford: Nesting birds set up home in village post box forcing Royal Mail to close the box

16:00 09 May 2014

Audrey Boyle (Suffolk Wildlife Trust)(left) and Pat Walker are pictured at the post box in Orford where birds are nesting.

Audrey Boyle (Suffolk Wildlife Trust)(left) and Pat Walker are pictured at the post box in Orford where birds are nesting.

Archant

At a time when everyone is tweeting, few people will be dismayed that one postbox has been temporarily taken out of commission... after providing a home for a feathered family.

The box in Gedgrave Road, Orford, has been closedby the Royal Mail after it was invaded by nesting birds.

No one is sure what species has moved into the box – opening it up would disturb them – but it is thought
that blue tits or great tits
are the most likely occupants.

Pat Walker, from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, spotted the box, and visited it with her colleague Audrey Boyle to try to find out more about the occupants.

Ms Boyle said: “I think it’s great that the Royal Mail have closed the box because of the nest.

“To be fair, I don’t think it’s the busiest post box in the area – but there are so many pressures on small birds that they need to find any shelter they can.

“We do hear about things like this, and if you find a nest please don’t disturb it while the birds are bringing up their young.”

The Royal Mail called in spokeswoman Jennifer Bird to explain: “Royal Mail have temporarily requested that customers do not post
letters in the postbox at Gedgrave Road, Orford to protect the currently nesting birds.

“We would like to thank our customers for their patience during this time and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“In the meantime, letters can be posted at the Post Office in Orford village.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

File picture of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Paramedics have been called to an incident in Witham.

An Abellio Greater Anglia train at Colchester

A number of trains – starting with the 16.00 Colchester Town to Colchester – have been terminated or cancelled this afternoon due to a member of train crew being unavailable.

The RNLI

A lifeboat was called to help four people on board an angling vessel off the coast of Lowestoft earlier this afternoon.

The A14 near Stowupland

A crash involving two vehicles blocked the eastbound A14 at Stowmarket earlier this afternoon.

Jade Norman with her dogs Havilland, Mauno, Murphy and Jared

An animal lover on a mission to raise vital funds for a labrador rehoming charity is to embark on a 26-mile dog walk across Suffolk.

Trail makers are needed to keep an eye on the pigs during the summer months

Friendly faces are needed to greet visitors to Ipswich this summer and ensure the interactive Pigs Gone Wild trail is a success.

Firefighters from Colchester were called to a blaze on a boat.

Two fire crews from Colchester were called to a boat moored on the quay in the town after reports of a fire on Saturday morning.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24