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Birds by name
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.
Warblers and allies (Sylviidae)
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.
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.
Insects, and occasionally berries in autumn.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
Stuart Fisher, Xeno-canto