Blue Tit Family Prompts Smoking Ban at Village Hall

A family of blue tits took over an ashtray bin at Astley and Dunley village hall, prompting a smoking ban. A sign was put up asking smokers to use alternative buckets to avoid disturbing the nesting birds.

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Blue Tit Family Prompts Smoking Ban at Village Hall

Blue Tit Family Prompts Smoking Ban at Village Hall

A family of blue tits has taken over an ashtray bin at Astley and Dunley village hall near Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire, prompting a smoking ban and a sign asking smokers to use alternative buckets. The blue tit chicks hatched in the wall-mounted cigarette bin outside the village hall, much to the surprise of village hall co-ordinator Hazel Spicer.

Spicer discovered the birds when she spotted a pile of cigarette butts under the bin. "I was opening up the village hall for a group activity when I looked over at the ashtray. There was a very neat pile of cigarette butts piled up under it which I thought was strange," said Spicer.

As a result of the unexpected avian residents, smokers have been banned from using the ashtray bin to avoid disturbing the nesting birds. A sign has been put up asking smokers to use alternative buckets instead.

Blue tits are small, colorful birds common across the UK. They often nest in small cavities in trees, walls, or nest boxes. The birds typically lay clutches of 8-12 eggs in the spring, which hatch after around two weeks. Both parents then work tirelessly to feed the growing chicks.

The blue tit family's takeover of the cigarette bin at Astley and Dunley village hall serves as an important reminder of the adaptability of wildlife and their ability to make homes in unexpected places. The smoking ban put in place to protect the birds reflects a commitment to preserving local biodiversity and coexisting harmoniously with nature, even if it requires small sacrifices.

Key Takeaways

  • Blue tit family takes over ashtray bin at Astley and Dunley village hall.
  • Smoking ban implemented to avoid disturbing nesting birds.
  • Sign asks smokers to use alternative buckets instead.
  • Blue tits often nest in small cavities, including walls and nest boxes.
  • Incident highlights adaptability of wildlife and importance of coexisting with nature.