A WILDLIFE charity has been able to build and install 10 new bird boxes thanks to a council grant.

The Northumberland Wildlife Trust was given a grant of £100 from Haydon Bridge Parish Council, which enabled the installation of 10 new bird boxes on Tony’s Patch reserve, 2km north west of Haydon Bridge.

Tony’s Patch is home to populations of several birds, including breeding tawny owls.

More birds have now settled in and seven of the ten bird boxes contain nests and eggs, with members of staff currently checking and monitoring the boxes.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is urging everyone to keep their distance from birds and their nest at this time of year. If disturbed, birds may permanently abandon their nests with young chicks inside or be too frightened to return – which could result in eggs failing to hatch as they cool down.