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Went with a friend to the local Percy Thrower garden centre – I’d been before and spent £££ but it’s been revamped so we thought we’d have a look round.

Walking round the covered outside plant and water feature area, we saw a sign:

There was a small gap right in the middle of a raised bed of plants – I thought I could see a flicker of movement, but given my vision I didn’t want to lean in close enough to see. She took a picture on her phone, holding it out above the gap to cause minimal disturbance.

What a nest-site for a bird to choose! I assume that the flowers were in pots on the table – it’s a garden centre selling plants, after all – so the nest would have been in a pot or between pots on the table. Didn’t think of checking at the time, and wouldn’t have wanted to get that close in any case.

I don’t know if the area is closed off at night, but all the same, it’s very close to people coming and going. I know robins are bold, but how cheeky! And how good of the GC not only to let them stay, but to protect them.

Lol maybe the babies will assume that this sort of nesting-site is natural, and look for other GC flower-beds for their own nests in future.

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Hi Fran... fabulous .. I hope the baby robins do well. :o)

24 Jul, 2015

 

Ha ha....what a strange place for a nest!

24 Jul, 2015

 

We had similar sign in our garden center and the area was blocked off from people wondering around. I do not know which bird was nesting there. My hanging baskets are often taken by Juncos to nest and I have to let the plants to die :-)

24 Jul, 2015

 

This was a month or so ago, never occured to me to go back and check, or to visit their website to find out. I would suppose that the babes have flown by now.

I've heard of robins nesting in kettles wedged into hedges etc, but this is a totally new one on me. Surrounded by people for most of the day, or the noise of people. Wonder if the GC people put out food? only just thought of that. but maybe the plants attracted enouch insects to keep the family fed.

Klahanie, I never thought of hanging baskets being used for nests before! do you have any pictures? Sadly I've got nowhere to hang baskets, even for flowers.

24 Jul, 2015

 

I think that is wonderful Fran, you often see signs like that at these sort of places and I think the majority of people take notice so as not to disturb the nests.

24 Jul, 2015

 

we went as close as we dared, maybe a bit closer than we should, but the closest we actually got was my friend's hand a yard above the flowers as she took the photo on her phone - and that was only a couple of seconds. The nesting bird must be used to distant noise, even close-distant.

it's great that people put up signs like this, and go out of their way to give nature a chance. Can't imagine this sort of thing happening a decade or so ago!

24 Jul, 2015

 

Ahhh! So glad you were able to get asclose as this and glad your friend was able to photograph it for you.

24 Jul, 2015

 

lol for me to have seen it clearly I'd have had to get into bed with it! I had to wait for the photos to see if she'd actually got the bird, so to speak

24 Jul, 2015

 

Mother robin would have very surprised if you had....

25 Jul, 2015

 

and she'd very likely have let me know about it in no uncertain terms! and the GC staff would have finished me off

26 Jul, 2015

 

Is that the one near Shrewsbury?
Not been since they moved it up the road a little way from the old site if so.

26 Jul, 2015

 

YESA, IT'S THE REVAMPED Shrewsbury ONE, NOW SET BACK OFFTHEROAD - damn this new keyboard and caps lock!! There was building going on at the old site so I suppose houses are going up, or are up now

31 Jul, 2015

 

Think it is going to be a Waitrose supermarket.

1 Aug, 2015

 

wouldn't be surprised! still a bit far for me to access: if I go by the road it'd be nearly an hour. I can cut across the golf course, but can't see me coming back that way with bags of shopping!

1 Aug, 2015

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