No air mail, but lots of tweeting at postbox

The post box on Gedgrave Road in Orford which has been closed due to birds nesting for the second ye

The post box on Gedgrave Road in Orford which has been closed due to birds nesting for the second year running.

Tweeting has been coming from a postbox in a Suffolk village – but the only message being sent is do not disturb.

For the postbox has become home to a family of birds and the Royal Mail has closed it to give the feathered family some privacy to bring up their young.

It is the second successive year that the box in Gedgrave Road, Orford, has been used as a nesting box and it is thought it is probably the same family of birds that have returned to make use of it.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust felt last year’s occupants searching for shelter to raise a family were most likely blue tits or great tits, but the identity could not be confirmed because opening the box would disturb them.

The Royal Mail has put a sign on the box explaining that it has been sealed “due to a birds nest being present inside”.

The notice said: “Once the eggs have hatched we will reopen the postbox and recommence collections on a daily basis.”

The company has thanked customers for their patience and apologised for any inconvenience caused. In the meantime, letters can be posted at the Post Office in Pump Street, Orford.