The population of Firecrest has increased markedly in the UK in recent years. There is a lot of suitable habitat in the south-east of the county with stands of Norway spruce scattered throughout Windsor forest & Crowthorne woods
The first Berkshire records for spring or summer were in 1972. But only 30 years later in the 2003 county report seventy territories were reported with four confirmed reports of breeding. The RSPB has them on the Amber list with the UK breeding population at 20-100 pairs
The MGLG webmaster describes the spot ...
"In the holly trees at the western junction of the bridleway and Dell Road along the southern edge of the woods."
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