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Paul Deane Paul Deane | 16:59 UK time, Tuesday, 5 June 2012

It's become a bit of a Springwatch tradition, so here's the best of your barmy nest photos for 2012.

Thanks to everyone who sent their pictures in.

In the barrel of a tank gun
This nest even made the news in Leicester when it halted restoration work.

Blue Tit in Tank Barrel by Charlie Wright

Blue Tit in Tank Barrel by Charlie-Wright

Blackbird nesting on a strimmer by WildlifeArtistRobertEFuller

Blackbird nesting on top of a strimmer Robert-Fuller

Blackbird nesting on top of a strimmer by Robert Fuller

Railway nest by Gwheele3

Herring gull nest on railway line Geoff Wheeler

Herring gull nest on railway line by Geoff Wheeler

Water pump by buzzrider150

Great tit nest in water pump by BuzzRider150.jpg

Great tit nest in water pump by BuzzRider150


  • Comment number 1.

    I want to send an unusual photo but I do not want to join flicker or yahoo. Is there anther way? I read somewhere it can be sent via your blog!

  • Comment number 2.

    Angela I don't think you can - to upload the picture to the blog you have to have a flickr account - unless someone knows of a way?!

    I think you may be able to load them on to the BBC Nature Facebook account if you're signed up to FB.

  • Comment number 3.

    We have just discovered a great tit nest inside a police cone. But we're a bit worried about the fledging situation cos at the moment the fledges will have to fly upwards about 18 inches in order to get out. Do you think they will be able to do this or should we put something under one edge of the cone so that the fledges can easily leave?

  • Comment number 4.

    I think that the gull by the rail line may have seen that it's not in use, seeing how rusty it is!

  • Comment number 5.

    These are all great photographs. They are awesome. I cannot belive that they are nesting there. I hope the black bird doesn't get hurt.

  • Comment number 6.

    Hi there - you can also upload your photos to our uploader: http://autumnupload.streamuk.com/

  • Comment number 7.

    Re. the response (to Angela Hewitt's question) about having to join a social network site, I do so resent this approach on the part of the BBC. Joining one of these sites means giving them personal information which they will then use for their own (maybe nefarious) purposes (despite all the privacy options). Sorry but you're consequently not getting my unusual blackbird nest picture. I'll try the RSPB instead.

  • Comment number 8.

    Looking at the top of the rail, the vehicle has been moved in the last week or so, but not much - only arriving as the railhead is dirty beyond.
    Angela, I too, get frustrated trying to post things. I dont do much on springwatch as I have to sign in with a BBC ID then another one for Flickr. I usually manage to confuse myself.

  • Comment number 9.

    A different sort of nest... We have a wild bee nest at the corner and under our garden pond. The fish all congregate at that end... We wonder if it is the sound of the bees or the heat from the nest. Also as a Grandparent with young Grandchildren we wonder if we should be worried about them swarming ?

  • Comment number 10.

    What is your barmy photo

  • Comment number 11.

    hello to everyone at springwatch, i have a collared dove nesting outside of my bedroom window, but its right next to some unsheaved power cables, im worried when the chicks fledge it could be disasterous. I have a picture but cant find a way of sending it to you as i dont have flicker or twitter. Thank you, Chloe

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi. I have a female duck nesting in a grid in the house next door. Can you answer a question I have please, do ducks mate all year around or just during the spring? There are many male ducks that seem to be staying with the female even though she has laid her eggs.

  • Comment number 13.

    Several years ago my class of 6 year olds was enjoying a project learning about how birds build nests. We collected materials they knew birds used. They took these back to the classroom and were all ready to build nests themselves. You should have seen their faces when I said they could not use their hands but their mouths, like birds did. They gave me a strange look but did give it a good go. You could soon see the respect the children developed for these feathery neighbours, as they tried and soon gave up. All this happened in London's East End in Hackney.

  • Comment number 14.

    I don't have a photo of this, but I remember back in '93 or '94 (When I and my friends were 10 or 11) a pair of Blue-Tits nesting in a old Maisonette on our estate that was scheduled for demolition that Winter.

    They gained access to the building via a hole where the toilet over-flow pipe was. We assumed they were living in the wall, but when the Winter came and the demolition men started taking the boards off the housing we all went in to have a look around as bored kids do, we came to across the toilet. The Blue-Tits had been nesting in the dry toilet cistern!

    We were all amazed and this happened in central Salford, in Greater Manchester, on an estate that couldn't have been any more urban.


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