Blue Tits nesting in the post box

Hello

This morning I found a little note pinned to the gate, informing me that we have blue tits nesting in our leaflet collection box. As I unpinned the note, I could just make out the cheeping of impatient offspring demanding food.

I opened the office and placed the note on the growing pile of other blue tit notes. The interest is understandable, if a little overwhelming. The notes a reaction prompted by care and concern for the vulnerable.

The entrance bell rings and I duly jog down to the gate…perhaps change of a tenner or to answer a question about wood. Instead I find a rather concerned man leaning over the gate.

“Do you realise you have a family of tits in the box?”, he says loudly, just in case I was hard of hearing.

Next follows a lecture on the RSPB and the great support work they do. He stops mid-sentence as one of our lads walks past.

“Ummm is he alright, he looks a bit, err, well you know, odd?” I am very tempted to say (loudly) of course he is a bit odd, that’s why he is here.

I manage not to, but I do explain that for some the application of ‘factor 50’ can be a bit haphazard. And the reason he is carrying toilet roll into the polytunnel is probably hay fever related more than anything untoward!

He then asks me about the support available to ‘Mr Odd’ beyond our gates.The honest answer is…over the last four years, support for mental health and drug and alcohol addiction outside of LandWorks has almost disappeared and it wasn’t hugely abundant in the first place.

In the last year, we have witnessed the probation service implode. One of our local Torquay offices now has one offender manager left. Yes folks, that is one to look after over 100 offenders.The upshot of this is offenders no longer have any meaningful support, guidance, or supervision.

The man at the gate comments, “It is a tragedy the way society looks after the vulnerable.”

Yes, I agree, but it’s also reckless and dangerous. I am surprised that nobody seems particularly informed or have much knowledge of this seemingly serious state of affairs.

We watch the parent birds diving in and out; looking after their rather ‘odd’ looking brood (weird stage of bare skin and stubbly feathers).

Mr and Mrs Tit don’t see the oddness, they are just driven to support their brood.

Chris


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