|Low down---in dense cover.|
By the end of April the trees are clothed in greenery and it is no longer easy to count the big nests of those common birds. In hedges and bushes, our most familiar garden birds such as robins, thrushes and blackbirds will have nested unseen, low down, in dense cover. At the same time, every available hole and crevice will have been occupied by starlings, blue-tits and great tits.
|Chiffchaff. Sings in the trees....nests on the ground.|
Even in the oak and ash-woods with their carpet of bluebells, many birds nest on the ground. Chiffchaffs and willow warblers, black caps and nightingales will be singing up there in the boughs, but they will nest with the woodcocks and pheasants among the ferns, sedges, nettles, dog’s mercury and brambles.
Almost all of our birds in the UK and across Europe are in steep decline, especially the ground nesters that are most prone to disturbance and predation as well as having to face the gauntlet of migration. On nature reserves like Paxton Pits, our job is to produce a surplus of birds and other wildlife to repopulate the largely deserted countryside around us.
Please help us to increase our breeding bird population by keeping to the paths and having your dog on a lead where the signs request it.