As many of you are aware, or indeed watched live, our wood warbler nest was predated last night by a cat. It seems that all of the nestlings were taken and possibly one of the adults.
We have seen one adult return to the nest this morning with food and a male has been calling in the area so it is likely to be the same one.
The subject of cat predation is a highly emotive one. Research into the full effect of cat predation of our garden birds is not conclusive, but it's an issue which we feel deserves more investigation.
We'll have some of the footage from last night on the show tonight and Liz Bonnin on the show on Thursday to introduce a new piece of research being carried out by the University of Reading on the issue, which we hope, in time, will shed new light.