Technician Adrian Scotcher with one of the rescued Blue Tit chicks

An Anglian Water technician came to the rescue of a brood of blue tit chicks which found themselves trapped in a water container.

The chicks had fledged from a nest in an extractor fan but ended up inside the temporary container at Watson’s Corner Water Tower at Polstead Heath in Suffolk. Technician Adrian Scotcher was making a routine visit when he found the chicks.

Sadly some of the fledglings had not survived their ordeal, but Adrian acted quickly and saved the remaining two.

Adrian said: “I opened the door and straight away one of them plopped down on me from above, the others had dropped down on to a control panel. I managed to save two of them and took them outside and put them on a bush – I just hope their parents were able to find them.

“The chicks were quite happy to sit on my hand while I took them to a hedge nearby, and I even managed to get a picture.

“It’s certainly not what I was expecting to find on my visit, but I’m just glad I managed to get there in time to save some of them.”

Now is the busiest time of year for newborn chicks leaving their nests for the first time, and the RSPB is urging people to keep their eyes open.

Rupert Masefield, from the RSPB, said: “Birds like blue tits, swallows, swifts and house martins, and many others, will happily nest close to or even in people’s houses, or barns and other buildings, even in urban areas.

“During this, the peak fledging period for many of our most familiar breeding birds, it’s not uncommon to come across young fledglings that have just left their nest for the first time. Usually, if they’re not in immediate danger, the best thing is to leave them where they are.

“Their parents will often be keeping an eye on them and some will continue to bring the young bird food after they leave the nest. If they’re in the middle of a footpath or road, you can help by moving them into the verge or a nearby bush, so Adrian did exactly the right thing.”

There’s more advice about the best way to help wildlife on the RSPB website at www.rspb.org.uk/advice, including advice on helping injured birds.