Garden Warbler

Sylvia borin


The Garden Warbler is a medium-sized warbler of woodland and tall scrub, habitats it shares with the Blackcap. Garden Warblers are summer visitors, arriving in April and leaving in July, although Continental birds can be seen on migration around the east and south coasts until September. They eat insects during the breeding season, but fuel-up on berries and fruit during migration. Garden Warblers breed in low trees and shrubs, building their nest from grasses and lining it with fur.

How to identify

The Garden Warbler is a plain, sandy-grey warbler with a pale grey neck and pale underparts.

Where to find it

A widespread summer visitor.


When to find it

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September

How can people help

The Wildlife Trusts manage many woodland nature reserves sympathetically for Garden Warblers and other, rare bird species. A mix of coppicing, scrub-cutting, ride maintenance and non-intervention all help woodland wildlife to thrive. You can help too: volunteer for The Wildlife Trusts and you could be involved in everything from traditional forest crafts to raising awareness about birds.

Species information

Common name
Garden Warbler
Latin name
Sylvia borin
Tits, goldcrests and warblers
Length: 14cm Wingspan: 22cm Weight: 19g Average Lifespan: 2 years
Conservation status