'Thug' was our resident male magpie for nearly a decade. Last year he decamped for places unknown and his wives--fickle witches that they are--found a new man, "Toy Boy', and set up house in a new nest. No-one has bothered to tinker with the old family fortress (a full time job in years gone by) and last night it fell out of the tree.
I now know why baby magpies spend so much time squawking; sitting in this could not be comfortable. The nest weighs over 2kg and is made almost entirely from wire and whippersnipper cord. The challenge now is to find some suitably arty way to preserve it. I think it is a masterpiece. Thanks, Thug.
I was thinking the same thing @poddlejules -- maybe some sort of spray epoxy resin. It also crossed my mind that I could take to it with the soldering iron and tack strategic parts of it together. I can see what he was doing and there are core pieces which hold the whole thing together.
The only problem with doing that is it may become robust enough for me to be tempted--under certain circumstances-- to wear it as a hat.