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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.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Tree Sparrow

Passer montanus
Smaller than a House Sparrow and more active, with its tail almost permanently cocked. It has a chestnut brown head and nape (rather than grey), and white cheeks and collar with a contrasting black cheek-spot.
Farmland, parks, and the edges of suburbs where there are large gardens.
Nests are constructed from leaves, stems and roots and lined with moss, hair and feathers. The same nests maybe used for a number of years.
1-3 clutches of 2-7 pale grey eggs with brown marks in April-July.
Plant and animal food, especially seeds. Insects are important during the breeding season.
Basic tchurp note.
The Tree Sparrow is scarcer in the uplands, and the far north and west of the UK. The main populations are now found across the Midlands, southern and eastern England. It is almost absent from the south west, Wales and the north west.
BTO Statistics
Changes in agriculture have greatly reduced the population of Tree Sparrows across much of Britain and as such their status is red. It is thought that the current UK population is just 3% of that if the 1970's.
The female incubates the eggs for 11-14 days and fledging occurs 15-20 days after hatching.
Tree Sparrows mainly forage on the ground or in low bushes. They eat a range of plants, seeds and will feed their young insects in the breeding season.

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