Wren - Troglodytes troglodytes


The Wren is our next smallest bird after the Goldcrest and Firecrest. It is dumpy, almost rounded, with a fine bill, very short round wings and a short, narrow tail which is often cocked up vertically. For such a small bird it has a remarkably loud voice.

Identification difficulty

Found across the UK in a wide range of habitats - woodland, farmland, heathland, moorland and islands. Most are found in deciduous woodland but it is least abundant in Scotland and northern England, with the smallest numbers found in upland areas. A regular visitor to most gardens.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

It is an insectivore and can remain in moderately cold and even snowy climates by foraging for insects on substrates such as bark and fallen logs. The male Wren builds several nests, up to 6 or 7, but are never lined until the female chooses one to use.

UK Status

It is the commonest UK breeding bird, although it suffers declines during prolonged, severely cold winters.

VC55 Status

An abundant breeding bird in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map