The wren is a paradox of a bird. On the one hand wrens are ubiquitous. They are Britain’s most common bird, with eight-and-a-half million breeding pairs and have by far the loudest song in proportion to their size.
They also thrive up and down Britain and Ireland: from the smallest city garden to remote offshore islands.
Yet many people are not sure if they have ever seen a wren. Perhaps because the wren is so tiny, and so busy, always on the move.
However, if we cast our eyes back to recent history, wrens were a mainstay of literary, cultural and popular history. The wren was on postage stamps and the farthing; it featured in nursery rhymes and greetings cards.