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The moss chirping tit lark...

If there is one bird you might be aware of when walking or climbing in the British mountains then surely it is the meadow pipit. The ultimate LBJ (little brown job). An unbearable song, an undistinguished appearance, a scruffy nest and it disappears in the winter. I’m not selling it well so far am I! How about an indispensable corner stone of the upland ecosystem, our constant chirping companion, a host for declining cuckoos and a crucial controller of flies, beetles and spiders. We need them, we know them, we should love them a little more. They’re actually quite cute when you take a look more closely.