Family of ravens make a home in Rugby’s CEMEX plant

Family portrait...the ravens have made Rugby's CEMEX plant their home. Photo by Jamie Gray.
Family portrait...the ravens have made Rugby's CEMEX plant their home. Photo by Jamie Gray.
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The superstitious among us might consider ravens to be a bad omen - but they’ve been welcomed with open arms at Rugby’s CEMEX plant.

Earlier in the year, ornithologist John Judge was out walking his dog in Rugby when he noticed a pair of ravens starting to build a nest close to a silo at the plant.

Since then, the pair have produced four chicks and appear to be completely unfazed by their industrial surroundings.

Although ravens generally prefer to live in woodland where they can easily find carrion and insects to feed on, more and more have been spotted living and breeding in built up areas.

To date, there are around 7,400 breeding pairs in the UK, and these are usually found in the west and the north of the country.

But Rugby’s CEMEX plant isn’t the only building in England to house six ravens. The Tower of London has the same number of resident birds - and legend has it that if one leaves, the Crown will fall.

With this in mind, a spokesperson for CEMEX said: “Let’s hope our ravens continue to find a home at the towers at Rugby cement!”