A slim, sparrow sized, resident bird
that has suffered such a population decline that it is now under threat.
During the summer it can be found in stands of wet vegetation where
there are stands of reeds. In Bolton it can be readily found on numerous
managed nature reserves where there is water. During the winter it can
be found in drier places such as plantation edges and more regularly
it is appearing on peoples bird tables. When singing the male can usually
be seen perched on top of a bush, or reed. Its diet consists of seeds
and insects. Length: 15-16.5cm.