A PAIR of white storks is about to make history - by nesting in Britain for the first time in almost 600 years.

The birds seem to be involved in mating rituals and have started to try to build a nest - on a pole carrying power cables at Horbury Bridge, between Huddersfield and Wakefield.

Yorkshire Electricity engineers are trying to lend a hand by erecting a special nesting platform on a nearby pole. They fear the birds will be electrocuted by cables near their chosen site.

The last record of storks nesting in Britain was at St Giles's Cathedral in Edinburgh in 1416. There are no records of a breeding pair.