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Speed trap turned into bird house

The Local · 12 Mar 2012, 11:28

Published: 12 Mar 2012 11:28 GMT+01:00

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“It was unusable – the casing was dented and wouldn’t be waterproof for the camera,” Harald Baur, a road safety official on Lake Constance told The Local.

But rather than getting into a flap about the ruined speed trap, he and his colleagues decided to think creatively.

“It was sitting in the garage and then we had the idea of turning it into a bird house.”

They lined the distinctive metal box with wood, covering up the large holes where the camera lenses had snapped speeding cars.

Smaller, bird-sized holes were drilled into the wood and perches were attached, while the plastic shield which prevented glare for the camera now serves as a bird porch.

The speed trap now hangs from a tree just outside Baur’s office. He said so far swifts have not been spotted near it.

“The birds are quick, but they can go as fast as they like.

“It’s lovely to watch them, and visitors always notice it and say nice things. Last year we had blue tits move in and this year we have a pair of great tits living there.

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“Obviously we do not want any more speed traps to be destroyed, but we know what we will do if they are – there are a few more trees near the office which could take a bird house.”

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Your comments about this article

12:46 March 12, 2012 by Joseph Thomas
Guess that tit didn't see the earlier article saying it had to stay on the inside now.
14:28 March 12, 2012 by yoyojojo
I'm sure it's not the place in Germany that's "home to a family of great tits." But for some reason, The Local only reports on this one.
14:31 March 12, 2012 by Clausrock
Now if they could make all those camera boxes into bird houses!
14:45 March 12, 2012 by twisted
Speaking of great tits, I met this woman this morning and .......................
15:26 March 12, 2012 by Staticjumper
I lived in southern Germany for several years and saw several great tits. I saw some birds, too.
15:27 March 12, 2012 by buchi1947
I'm for great tits to be housed all over Germany!
20:57 March 12, 2012 by raandy
Ya anything favorable about "TiTs is always a good story.
09:21 March 13, 2012 by harshphadnis
Fake nest for great tits.. Or
10:07 March 13, 2012 by TheBigPhil
I hate to rain on your parade, but it's actually a blue tit in the photo not a great tit.

I know, pedantic! But the details do matter.
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