A look at the robin

A look at the robin


Posted 11th October


Image courtesy of Chris Maguire

The robin is one of the easily identified birds in Britain, regularly visiting our gardens and adorning Christmas cards

A common sight in parks, scrub and woodland, robins will make their presence known with a loud, territorial song.

They sing from prominent perches throughout the winter, with both males and females fighting to hold their territories and drive off any intruders.

It's during the breeding season that the female is allowed into the male's territory where she will set up a nest of dead leaves, moss and hair. Their nests appear in the oddest of places, such as plant pots, old wellies and shelves, but their natural choice will be ivy and other shrubs.

They're easy to identify, with brown above, a white belly and their famous red breast. You can identify a younger robin as they are mottled gold and brown with no red breast.

They can be found in a variety of habitats, such as farmland, woodland and towns and garden.

How you can help

You can help robins and other garden birds by providing food and water for them. It won't matter if you have a big garden or live in a high-rise flat, as there are plenty of feeders, baths and food choices for all kinds of situations. You can find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit the Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, which provides plenty of advice and tips.

Text and information courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts





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