All About the British Wren

Watercolor painting of a British wren

The Eurasian Wren โ€“ Troglodytes troglodytes our popular British garden wren. This scientific name bears reference to their tendency to disappear into crevices and cavities in search of food or a suitable roosting spot. The Wren is…

Our Great Tit Family – Part 5

The Great Tit chicks have fledged, here is a painting of a juvenile Great Tit in watercolour

Are you following the ups and downs of the little family from our gate post bird box? Hopefully if you are you will want to know if the Great Tit chicks have fledged! Our little chicks are no longer quite…

Our Great Tit Family – Part 4

Great Tit chicks nearly ready to fledge,. this is a watercolour painting of an adult Great Tit and spindleberries

Things are moving on with our little family. Should you have missed their story so far, here are the links to Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. We think the Great Tit chicks are now nearly ready to fledge.
It can take…

Our Great Tit Family – Part 3

Watercolour painting of a Great Tit by Paul Hopkinson

Are you following the lives of the Great Tit family in the bird box on our gate post? Here is the next instalment in their little lives. Without a doubt the Great Tit chicks are getting bigger. Indeed it is amazing the changes…

Our Great Tit Family – Part 2

Watercolour painting of a Great Tit garden bird

I am hoping that you enjoyed the first part of our Great Tit familyโ€™s saga. Should you have missed it, check the previous blog post out here. We have of course spent this week watching our garden nest box. So I thought I…

Our Great Tit Family – Part 1

Watercolour painting of a Great Tit by Paul Hopkinson

A few years ago I was making a few bird boxes and selling them to neighbours. I therefore put up a box on our gate post to advertise the fact. We were much amused to see that a Great Tit took up residence…

Nest Recording for the BTO

BTO Nest Record Scheme Volunteer Work - Blackbird eggs

You may already be aware of the volunteer work that Jo and myself undertake for the BTO Nest Record Scheme. Jo is a registered nest recorder and each year we try to find and monitor nests within our local area. With…

Bird Nest Recording in a Local Wood

Paul installing bird boxes in a local woodland where we undertake bird nest recording for the BTO

As a bit of background, Jo and I are registered nest recorders with the British Trust for Ornithology. For two years now we have undertaken bird nest recording for the BTO. This has involved us in monitoring…