I have always been fascinated by animals and Wildlife. My holidays as a child were spent looking for nature in some shape or form and always involved at least a few animal related activities , be it visits to local farms or dare I say it, zoos. I no longer visit zoos (a subject of a future post) but there are still so many ways of seeing, discovering and finding out more about British Wildlife.
Which brings me on to my new weekly topic. Each week, I will focus on a new beauty of British Wildlife so we can all learn about these amazing animals that are right on our doorstep. As it’s December, I thought I would start with the Robin.
5 Fun Facts about Robins
- The robin was declared Britain’s National Bird on December 15th, 1960 and again in 2015.
- Robins are one of the only UK birds to be heard singing in the garden on Christmas day, warning off intruders with their songs as well as using their sweet tunes for finding a mate.
- When the male robin has found a mate, he will strengthen their bond by bringing the female food, such as worms and caterpillars, which she begs for noisily.
- Robins will defend their territories to the death, and so in the poem “Who killed Cock Robin?”
- Their nests are made from grass, moss and dead leaves and usually in a hole in a tree stump, bank or wall.
Where can you see Robins?
Robins breed throughout the British Isles, and on almost all of our offshore islands. They can be found all year round across the UK in woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens. The best way to see a robin in your garden is to dig. Within minutes one may perch on a fence or branch nearby waiting to inspect the newly-turned soil for earthworms.
I hope you enjoyed the first Wildlife Wednesday post.
Thanks for reading.
London Vegan Bird
Sources: http://www.discoverwildlife.com, https://www.rspb.org.uk, http://www.garden-birds.co.uk, https://onekind.org/animal/robin-european/