Highlands & Islands

Nesting dove prevents removal of town's Christmas tree

A village's Christmas tree remains standing after a dove was spotted nesting in its branches.

Mallaig Community Council chairman John MacMillan said the bird was seen in the evergreen on Christmas Day.

Collared doves are resident in Scotland, while turtle doves of the 12 Days of Christmas song are not.

Mr MacMillan said it was unclear at this stage how long the tree in the Lochaber village would remain in its spot.

Since the dove was spotted over Christmas, a male blackbird has been trying to take over its nest site.

Mr MacMillan said: "It's a Christmas miracle.

"The dove was spotted on Christmas Day and it, along with a blackbird, have been seen going in and out of the tree.

"We've taken off the lights but a few decorations remain at the top of the tree."

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