Milk Bottles and Blue Tits

The milkman delivers milk to the door.  This is an everyday occurance for some people.

Blue Tits have learnt how to break the milk bottle top and get to the milk.

In the 1950’s nearly the whole population of blue tits had learnt how to get to the rich creamy milk that lay beneath the milk bottle tops!

They passed this knowledge onto their young.

Strangely if a robin learns how to do this they never seem to pass the knowledg on.

This access for blue tits gave them a greater means of survival.

Over the years the amount of milk the milkman delivers has dropped as people get milk from supermarkets.  (What would Richard Hanny in the story ‘The 39 Steps’ have made of that)

Now it seems the milkman may soon be a thing of the past in our area.  The number of customers they deliver to is dwindling as people buy more from supermarkets. 

The cost of petrol is going up so the cost of delivery is going up.  the milkman has to buy the milk at a higher price than the supermarkets do.  Everything is against the milkman.

It is a shame because bottled milk is recycle friendly.

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