Wren with moth by Mark Ollett 1/10
Wren by Elizabeth Dack 2/10
Young wren by Elizabeth Dack 3/10
Wren by Graham Brownlow 4/10
Wren by Elizabeth Dack 5/10
Wren by Julian Thomas 6/10
Wren by Elizabeth Dack 7/10
Wren by Elizabeth Dack 8/10
Wren by David Colk 9/10
Wren by Bob Carpenter 10/10

Wren Troglodytes troglodytes

A diminutive, secretive, common brown bird which can be found almost anywhere. You can spot them restlessly flitting and hopping about between hedges and low shrubbery, failing that you may hear their loud distinctive song as it trills through the garden.

Conservation status

The wren population is basically stable and in fact numbers have risen across Europe since the 1980s. The biggest problem for these tiny birds is cold weather, during which many die, so milder winters are helpful for wrens overall although if climate change affects the small insects on which they feed, there could be trouble ahead.

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Did you know?

In many countries the wren was traditionally held to be the king of birds. In parts of Britain and France, however, they were ancient symbols of the underworld, probably because they (quite innocently!) feed and nest in dark nooks and crevices.

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