Spalding £100,000 pub refurbishment works around nesting bird

Kieran Dokuyucu outside the Lincolnshire Poacher
Kieran Dokuyucu outside the Lincolnshire Poacher

A pub in Spalding has undergone major renovations, spending £100,000 in the process.

However, during work on the outside of the Lincolnshire Poacher building, someone made themselves a place to call home. A bird has perched itself on the top of one of the lights that was due to be 
replaced.

The dove's nest

The dove's nest

Landlord Kieran Dokuyucu said that they think the bird is a dove which has made a nest.

“I believe that it has been there from just after the work started,” said Kieran (31). “We had scaffolding around the building and there was banging of hammers all around, the dove just sat there and ignored it.

“It didn’t bat an eyelid and was completely undeterred by the noise.”

Kieran also said that the refurbishment didn’t close the pub.

We have kept the place open and we have fully refurbished the toilets and the restaurant, it just needs a lick of paint

Landlord Kieran Dokuyucu, The Lincolnshire Poacher, Spalding

“We have kept the place open and we have fully refurbished the toilets and the restaurant, it just needs a lick of paint.”

The pub bosses have managed to do this while maintaining the 1700s look inside the building. On the outside they have revamped signs, replaced every window and have changed all the benches in the beer garden.

All of the improvements are contributing to improving the Lincolnshire Poacher’s gatherings which include weddings, christenings, wakes and the weekly grill nights and live music.

Not only have they played hosts to a mothering dove and completely renovated their business, the landlords have a key part in the Walk of Art Tour in Spalding.

They have a statue on one of the walls on the outside which is of John Honnor, a retired drainage engineer from the town.