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Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.

Monday, 21 February 2011

The Marsh Tit

Poecile palustris
The Marsh Tit is very similar in appearance to the Willow Tit and the two are often confused. Similar in size to the Blue Tit but with greyish-brown above, dirty white below and black caps and bibs. There are no differences in plumage between males and females.
Size
11-12cm
Weight
12g
Habitat
Despite their name Marsh Tits are a woodland bird that favours woods, hedges and mature gardens.
Nest
Marsh Tits build their nests in existing holes in trees or walls at head height or higher.
Eggs
One clutch of 6-9 white eggs with brown spots in April-June.
Food
Insects in the breeding season, seeds and berries at other times.
Voice
Loud, sneezing pitchout-pitchou.
Characteristics
Occurs across England and Wales, with a few in southern Scotland. Abundant in S Wales and southern and eastern England. Found largely in deciduous woodland, also copses, parks and gardens, but is relatively scarce in urban areas.
BTO Statistics
Marsh Tit populations have recently declined and are red status.
Breeding
The female incubates the eggs for 13-15 days and fledging occurs 17-20 days after hatching. Both males and females will feed the young until they leave the nest.
Feeding
Eats insects during the breeding season, and seeds, berries and nuts at other times. Marsh Tits are know to hoard food eating it within a few days.

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