Warblers and allies (Sylviidae)
Where to see them
They are best looked for in coastal reedbeds along the south coast, often feeding near the reedbed in low vegetation. The RSPB reserve at Marazion Marsh, Cornwall records several aquatic warblers annually and they have also been seen at Radipole Lake and Lodmoor reserves in Dorset.
When to see them
Arrives at its European breeding grounds in April.
Migration starts in autumn and sometimes earlier with some males leaving breeding areas at the end of June and the majority in the second half of July. Juveniles leave shortly after fledging.
In the UK it is best looked for in late summer, especially the latter half of August. It can be difficult to see in thick vegetation as it tends to keep close to the ground or water and creep along.
What they eat
Insects, caterpillars and grubs, and spiders.
|Europe||UK breeding*||UK wintering*||UK passage*|
|12-20,000 pairs||-||-||10 birds|