Royal Mail Closes Norfolk Post Box As Birds Are Nesting Inside
Royal Mail has closed one of its post boxes after a family of birds chose the unusual location as a place to raise their babies.
The post box is located on Low Road between Pentney and Narborough in Norfolk, and currently has a sign on the front warning members of the public not to put their letters inside.
"Birds nesting - please do not post," reads the sign, taped onto the very British sight.
Royal Mail also shared a snap of the post-nest to Instagram, along with the caption: "Birds have chosen this little #postbox as a temporary home to raise their young!" and followers were quick to react to the adorable snap.
"They will be coming back every year now!" remarked one person, while another added: "Lovely thing to do."
In fact, Royal Mail say it's not uncommon for birds to nest inside post boxes during spring, and the postal delivery service often asks customers to use other boxes to ensure the birds are kept safe.
A Royal Mail spokesperson told Pretty52: "Birds do nest in our postboxes from time to time during the spring. In such circumstances, we place a notice on the box requesting that customers do not use it so that the nesting birds are not disturbed.
"We check the box regularly and once the birds have left the nest, the box is thoroughly cleaned and then reopened for customers to use.
"In the meantime, we advise customers to use other postboxes nearby or they can drop mail off at any Post Office branch in the area."
Hannah Watfa, owner of Energise Pentney and Nar Valley Cottages who took the photo, said she was "really pleased they've closed the box; it's so cute! There are lots more nearby to use and it's lovely that the birds have found a safe space to nest."
The same post box has previously been used as a nest back in 2011, according to local residents.
A picture taken the moment the nest was first discovered in 2011 shows the baby birds nestled safely inside the box as it was opened (no birds were harmed in the taking of the picture!).
It's unclear what type of birds keep choosing the location as a home, but it's no doubt one of the sweetest things we've ever seen.
Featured Image Credit: Supplied/Nar Valley Cottages