Nuthatches are small perching birds of the family Sittidae. There are about 24 species worldwide, but only one occurs in Britain. Unlike most other perching birds, they are quite happy to climb headfirst down branches, and this gives them a very endearing personality. They are quite common in the southern part of Britain, but are steadily increasing their range into Scotland.

The above photograph is by Mike Taylor and, to us, perfectly captures the very essence of 'nuthatch'; we are very grateful to him for letting us use it as the basis for our logo and website. More photographs by Mike Taylor and others can be viewed at