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Last modified: 03 July 2013

Robin in golf clubs

Image: Jim Nisbet

More accustomed to birdies on the golf course than in the garage, RSPB member Jim Nisbet received a surprise when he looked into his old golf bag to find an enterprising robin had built a snug nest for itself amongst the clubs.

After discovering the clever hideaway, Jim left it undisturbed and several weeks later the bag became home to a healthy brood of five robin chicks.

Jim, from Burnside in South Lanarkshire, said: “Over the last few years a robin has visited the garage and nested, but this year the choice of my spare golf bag was a rather unexpected site.

“Once I had found the nest complete with the robin and discovered that there were 5 eggs, I tried not to disturb but took the chance of the photos.

“It was quite rewarding to follow the progress from the nest building through to the hatching of the eggs and then the developing chicks. I am anticipating the robin’s presence, as usual, when some gardening is being done and we reveal some food in the form of worms. I hope the golf clubs will help to produce some birdies on the golf course too.”

Robins are known for sometimes selecting unconventional nesting sites with RSPB members previously reporting nests on abandoned bicycles, tool boxes and even kitchen shelves.

Leianna Padgett, RSPB Scotland Media & Communications Officer, said: “Robins can be inventive when it comes to building a nest, occasionally forgoing the conventional nestbox for a safe and snug site elsewhere. Providing birds and other garden wildlife with shelter to raise their young, as well as food and water, is a fantastic way to give nature a home on your doorstep.”

The wildlife conservation charity is encouraging the public to consider wildlife this summer and help give nature a home in gardens and outdoor spaces. Putting up nest boxes, creating bug hotels and hedgehog houses are just a few examples of how to transform gardens and green spaces into even better places for wildlife and nature.

For hints and tips on giving nature a home in your garden, visit the website: www.rspb.org.uk/homes .

How you can help

Nature in the UK is in trouble and some of our more familiar garden species are amongst those suffering serious declines. We can all help by give nature a home where we live.

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