Squatter Swampy leaves garden centre with stock headache

PUBLISHED: 17:51 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 11:22 03 May 2013

A robin which has set up home in stock at the Sidmouth Garden Centre means staff will have to wait until her brood have fledged and left their nest before they can resume work as normal. Joe Cousins ponders how he can access his stock temporarily blocked by the bird while inset is Joe's picture of the bird on her nest. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3879a-17-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

A robin which has set up home in stock at the Sidmouth Garden Centre means staff will have to wait until her brood have fledged and left their nest before they can resume work as normal. Joe Cousins ponders how he can access his stock temporarily blocked by the bird while inset is Joe's picture of the bird on her nest. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 3879a-17-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.

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AN unusual squatter has left Sidmouth Garden Centre bosses with a stock headache.

Staff have welcomed a resident robin - but the bird has nested on top of a pile of boxes which they cannot now move.

Workers have even named their new-found feathered friend Swampy.

They have had to section-off a large area of the centre’s stores and have been taking extra care so no-one disturbs the bird’s new home in a stock box of lawn food. The only problem is staff have had to order fresh stock of the item because the robin’s nest is on top of a pile of 20 boxes that they now cannot move.

Employees are waiting to see how many fledgelings the robin produces, and have taken bird treats off the shelves to feed it.

Last year, the bird nested just outside the main shop doors and workers had to keep two closed during a busy time of year.


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