As the name suggests, Reed Warbler prefers to nest in reedbeds, sometimes even surprisingly small patches. The nest is a work of art, taking a week or more to build from reed leaves and fronds, and lined with reed flowers. Reed warblers are common victims of brood-parasitism by cuckoos.
A small brown warbler with a distinctive red eye ring, it’s most easily spotted when warbling its scratchy song from the top of a gorse stem. Dartford warblers nest on the ground and live on lowland heathland in the south of England. The new forest is a particular stronghold for these fantastic little birds.