Nestwatch - getting in touch with nature

The weather is steadily improving and spring is in the air at last and residents at Middleton Hall Retirement Village in County Durham are full of the joys of the season.

They have got in touch with nature after setting up bird boxes in the grounds and now they are hooked on the drama of the wildlife unfolding on their door step.

Pat and Sonia have even been known to get up through the night to check on the progress Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Pat Webb and Sonia Wade are driving force behind what the are calling Nestwatch.

Just about everyone has become hooked on the drama of the wildlife on their door step.

One of the Nestwatch bird boxes Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

There are 41 boxes in the grounds and three of them have had cameras installed.

And it’s the one in owl’s box that has gripped the attention of residents as they the mother is brooding over three eggs.

Without the nest cameras the residents say no one would know the owls had taken up residence in the box Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Keeping an eye on the birds in reception Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

It's so popular that they have set up a screen in reception so residents can watch the goings on all times of the day and night.

Pat and Sonia have even been known to get up through the night to check on the progress.

Male owl bringing food to the nest for his mate Credit: Nestwatch

The owl eggs could hatch at any time so there are likely to be many more sleepless nights yet to come.