This smart finch is a localised breeder, most commonly associated with large tracts of mature broadleaved woodland.
While the New Forest, the Forest of Dean and parts of the Lake District support important breeding populations, the species also occurs more widely across England and Wales in
The use of gardens tends to
reflect this distribution pattern, with
a handful receiving regular visits from
birds breeding locally.
is secretive in nature, so is easily
overlooked – many breeding pairs
likely go unnoticed.
have declined sharply over
recent years but for
reasons yet unknown,
which suggests that
garden visits may
become even more
uncommon than they
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