The dipper (Cinclus cinclus) is one of the most engaging and exciting birds you can see, skimming along fast flowing rivers and perching on rocks before walking under the water to feed on insect larvae, molluscs and small fish.

It gets its name both from its characteristic bobbing motion and its ability to pick the pockets of unwary birdwatchers and ramblers – and typically its nest is made from sweet wrappers, credit cards, key fobs picturing Janet Street-Porter and fluff.

The dipper was also the inspiration for Welsh writer, Jodie Salinger’s 1965 cult novel, The Catcher in the Wye.


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