Dartford Warbler

Dartford WarblerDartford Warbler - Chris Bale

Where and when to see: Can be heard calling and seen on Essex Hill and the Giffoine in summer

Latin name: Sylvia undata

One of the most eye-catching species of the Warbler family the Dartford Warbler has a dull wine-red breast and underside and a bright red ring around the eye. The back and wings are dark grey or grey-brown all the way down the tail which is often raised whilst perching. Breeding in bushy coastal heathland the Dartford Warbler is a very localised bird, restricted to the southern UK coast, East Anglia and Alderney.

Status in Alderney: Scarce Breeder

Status in UK (RSPB Criteria): Amber

Worldwide Status (IUCN Red List and Population Trend): Near Threatened; Decreasing