When cigarette butts were left strewn on the floor below an outdoor ashtray at a university campus, students were the first to get the blame. Local office manager, Maria Plumb, went so far as to complain. But when the littering of fag ends continued, Plumb – of Norfolk Carers – further investigated to discover feathers and bird droppings around the area. In the Ashtray itself, near University of East Anglia halls of residence, a family of blue tits had set up home and it is these birds who had been removing cigarette ends to make a cosy home.
Norfolk carers have put up a warning sign not to use the ashtray and the blue tit couple have been nicknamed Benson and Hedges by the staff.
Said Ms. Plumb, “When the piles of butts kept appearing it was always over the weekends so I knew it wasn’t the staff here making a mess.”
“I went to the halls and complained because I have to admit I assumed it must be the art students. Now I must apologise as the mystery has been solved.”