R is for... Robin

Brian Parry 

One of the nation’s favourite birds. The robin redbreast is present right across the country and with their striking red flash and memorable song they are easily recognisable.
Robin

John Hawkins 

Despite the robin’s presence throughout the country, this does little to diminish their popularity. Although the robin is synonymous with Christmas and winter time, the robin is in fact seen throughout the year, bobbing around parks and gardens across the British Isles. Despite being so easily recognisable, unbeknown to some, young robins do not possess a red breast at all, instead they are dark brown in colour and adorned with golden spots. Robins are regularly seen at Brockholes on our bird tables, and in and amongst our volunteers and visitors, making it a wonderful place to see these inquisitive little birds.

Robin Redbreast

Chris Maguire 

Rather surprisingly and in spite of their diminutive appearance, robins are highly territorial birds. Many people regard robins to be sociable and friendly, as a result of their willingness to approach humans. However, they defend their territory with ferocity, as a means of protecting their assets, and in order to provide food for their family. Male robins will readily attempt to drive out any intruders without hesitation. So much so, that robins can frequently be observed fighting with one another, and even attacking other small birds who stray into their territory.

Robin

Brian Parry 

Interestingly, it is also noticeable that robins are present throughout Britain all year round, as they do not generally migrate, instead preferring to be sedentary and defend their territory. However, they do become less visible during the warmer months of the year, as they vacate parks and gardens, preferring to reside in woodland areas. In light of this, it makes Brockholes Nature Reserve potentially the perfect place to view robins in the warmer parts of the year. This small yet significant fact marks robins out against most other birds situated in the British Isles, and means that rather wonderfully they can be appreciated all year round.