The chicks’ mother had built the nest in Leeds, in what she must have thought was a safe and secure place, not knowing that the bricks were about to be transported 270 miles south.
When staff at the Ringmer branch of Chandlers Building Supplies realised they had a nest of chicks among their delivery, they carefully took it to the Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, which happily is just next door.
Cassie Tong, wildlife team member at Raystede, said: “The five little birds were very cold and hungry; it’s amazing that they survived. The first 48 hours were critical, but all five have made it and they’re all eating well. They will now be looked after by us until they are ready to fledge, and will be released here in Raystede’s 45 acres. As Great Tits tend not to migrate, at just a few days old, they’ve already made the longest journey of their lifetime!”
Richard Skinner, commercial director at Chandlers Building Supplies, said: “It’s certainly something you don’t expect to find in a delivery. It’s lucky that we have Raystede next to our Ringmer branch and we’re pleased that the chicks are doing well.”