Page last updated at 13:40 GMT, Monday, 24 May 2010 14:40 UK

Blue tits nest in ashtray on Tyneside business park

One of the blue tits next to the ashtray
The birds are using the wall-mounted ashtray as a nest

Smokers at a Tyneside business park have been forced to abandon their usual break-time spot after a pair of blue tits chose to nest in an ashtray.

The proud feathered parents have set up home in the outdoor ashtray at Oceana business park in Wallsend.

Staff at the site have been downing tools to watch the two at feeding time.

A note saying "Please don't use - birds inside!" has been displayed near to the ashtray to alert people to its unusual inhabitants.

Tony Mann, managing director of The Oceana Group, said: "I was delighted to hear about the arrival of our newest tenants.

"We have a groundsman who keeps Oceana in a pristine condition; and bird tables and friendly feeding areas have been installed for our feathered friends.

"I believe it all adds to the overall ambience of this beautiful heritage location.

"We have yet to negotiate a rent for Mr and Mrs Blue Tit but I think for this occasion we can come to some sort of special arrangement."

Print Sponsor

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific