A South Northumberland nature reserve is set benefit from a £100 donation from its local parish council.

The money will enable Northumberland Wildlife Trust to install 10 new bird boxes on Tony’s Patch, a reserve 2km north west of Haydon Bridge.

The area will see a range of birds including blue tits, robins and breeding tawny use the new equipment and it’s hoped they’ll be installed in time for the Spring.

“The cash boost from Haydon Bridge Parish Council is wonderful and it couldn’t have come at a better time as we were trying to work out how to fund the installation of a number of bird boxes around the area,” said Geoff Dobbins, senior estates officer at Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

“Tony’s Patch is well worth a visit once lockdown is over and, if you look carefully, you may catch a glimpse of a bird or two using the new nest boxes which will be guaranteed to raise a smile.”