Once an abundant sight in the early hours of the morning on the Streets of the UK, the indigenous populations of milkmen have declined, to almost extinction. Some observers even report that there are only three breeding pairs left in the UK.
In yesteryear milkmen were celebrated in film, music and popular culture, by Benny Hill, Norman Wisdom and Robin Askquith.
The milkman with first their horse drawn floats and recently the electric floats were regularly spotted in the UK . But gone are the days where flocks of milkmen could be seen travelling the earlier morning streets, delivering all manner of dairy products, juices and eggs.
Now only solitary sightings of milkmen are being reported throughout the UK, with fears that the delivery and collection of glass milk bottles with disappear altogether, including the much loved milkman practice of “bottle top dibbing” to give the impression that wild birds have been at the cream at the top of the milk.
Some zoologists have linked the decline of the UK milkman with the worrying trend that the UK’s songbird population is under threat too of extinction.