Tree dilemma is a rum doo

The Oban Times - - News - MON­ICA GIB­SON mgib­son@oban­times.co.uk

THE High­land Coun­cil is to leave its Christ­mas tree on dis­play in the Pa­rade, Fort Wil­liam, due to a lo­cal pi­geon tak­ing up res­i­dence in its branches.

Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Ser­vices staff went to re­move the tree and lights but dis­cov­ered the ‘fes­tive fowl’ has nested and laid an egg.

Scottish Nat­u­ral Her­itage (SNH) ad­vised the nest and bird could be evicted, but lo­cal ward mem­bers have taken the de­ci­sion to leave it and the coun­cil will re­move the tree once the pi­geon has aban­doned the nest.

In the mean­time, the tree and lights will re­main with the lights switched off and a sign will be erected to no­tify the pub­lic why the tree is still in place.

Coun­cil­lor Thomas Ma­cLen­nan, chair­man of Lochaber Com­mit­tee, said: 'Al­though the pi­geon is not a pro­tected species, my­self and fel­low ward mem­bers, Coun­cil­lors Bax­ter, Gorm­ley and Mur­phy, de­cided to leave the bird in peace.

' Who knows, by next Christ­mas there might also be Four Call­ing Birds, Three French Hens, Two Tur­tle Doves and a Par­tridge in our Christ­mas tree!'

Go­ing nowhere: the pi­geon is be­ing al­lowed to sit on its egg for as long as nec­es­sary.

The tree and its lights are stay­ing up for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

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