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An occasional species of open heath with a scattering of trees and bushes with a generous helping of bracken.

Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

Tree Pipit: in free fall

Post date: Wednesday, 1 June, 2016 - 19:40

Pipits in trees are usually tree pipits (Anthus trivialis), just like this one. They are very similar in appearance to the meadow pipit so their different calls and their preferred habitats are important in identifying them.  

A summer visitor to our heathland, you can certainty see tree pipits in Wareham Forest at various locations and at Arne on Coombe Heath. They like open heath with a scattering of trees and bushes with a generous helping of bracken as they like to nest under bracken.
Pipits have a lovely display where they fly up in to the air in circles and then parachute down, wings open, 'pipiting' as they descend. With the tree pipit this is often back to the same tree perch they took off from. 

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Tree Pipit
Scientific Name Anthus trivialis
Status Local
Interest Level
Species Family Pipits and Wagtails
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
  • Heathland
Look for Parachute display in spring
Additional Identification Notes
  • In Dorset now mainly confined to the heaths
  • Usually found in open countryside with a scattering of trees that form song perches
  • They fly into the air and parachute downwards singing as they descend  
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
H1: Dry Heath Indicator