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Conservation status: Red

Few people hear this master singer in the UK because of its rarity. Similar-looking to the reed warbler, it is whiter below, more olive above and has pale legs. Like other warblers it is highly active, searching its habitat of shrubs and dense vegetation for food. Though it's thought to have a secure population within Europe, the UK population of marsh warblers has fallen and is now of serious conservation concern.



Latin name

Acrocephalus palustris


Warblers and allies (Sylviidae)

Where to see them

A summer visitor which is mainly confined to parts of Worcestershire and south-east England, especially Kent. Found in areas of dense vegetation with taller bushes nearby.

When to see them

It is a summer visitor to the UK, arriving on its breeding grounds much later than its close relative, the reed warbler, typically from late May to mid-June.

What they eat

Insects, and occasionally berries in autumn.


EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-2-8 pairs--


The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Stuart Fisher, Xeno-canto

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