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Dartford Warbler (Illustration by Will Drew)

You might spot this iconic little bird perched on the top of a gorse bush singing its rattly scratchy song. The gorse is known locally as ‘Fuzz’ and flowers all year round. There is an old Forest saying, ‘When the fuzz bush has no flowers, kissing is out of fashion.’  

The Dartford warbler relies on the fuzz for protection from the cold winters and as a nest site. It’s known in the Forest as the Fuzzacker.

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