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RSPB officer's 'fantastic' discovery in overflowing brown bin

When conservation charity officer Nicola Crockford went to sort out her overflowing brown bin, she made a welcome discovery.

As she opened the lid on earlier this month, a robin flew out and inside she found a ‘beautiful’ nest of four eggs.

With her bin due to be emptied the following week after collections were suspended due to coronavirus, Mrs Crockford, of Tuddenham, alerted West Suffolk Council which supplied her with another.

The robin chicks
The robin chicks

She said: “They’ve been absolutely lovely.

“It was fantastic to have a robin’s nest. We do have a lot of robin’s nests in our garden but I had been looking forward to the brown bin collection for so long.

“You always feel privileged when you find a bird’s nest in your garden. With this incredibly heavy rain she has probably chosen the best place.”

Mrs Crockford, a parish councillor and principal policy officer for the RSPB, said three of the eggs have hatched and she expects the chicks to fledge in a couple of weeks.