[Press & Publications] BIRDS MAKE SMOKERS SEE BLUE!



June 1999

No 102

It's a burning issue!

At a time of spiralling property prices, searching for the right place to call home could simply be a flight of fancy.

But just when you've about given up because you're fagged out, you spot the ideal des. res.

It's neat, secure and modern - just the place to alight on.

That seems to be the verdict of a pair of blue tits that have chosen a cigarette-ends container at Leicester University as the perfect nesting box. The pair is busy settling down, with the male making frequent flights bringing tit-bits for his partner.

They are not the first pair of birds to see Leicester University as the ideal birthplace offering a future for their families - a pair of ducks recently raised five ducklings in the quad behind the Law Faculty.

A spokesperson for Leicester University said: "This is the only example of bird-brains on campus."

The fact that the campus can be a naturalist's paradise also serves as another reminder of the Attenboroughs who were raised on campus while their father was Principal at the University College. Sir David's early interest in wildlife was sparked by the flora and fauna around him and the University's Arboretum is now named after him.

NOTE TO PIX DESKS: To photograph the birds, please contact Bob Gregory on 0402 276 552


[Leicester University] [*] Administration [*] Press & Publications
Information supplied by: Barbara Whiteman, ara@le.ac.uk
Last updated: 14 June 1999 14:44
University Administration Web Maintainer

This document has been approved by the head of department or section.
If you are an authorised user you may edit this document through your Web browser.