Certhia familiaris


A slim, tit-sized bird, the Treecreeper has a long, pointed tail and a fine, downwards-curved bill. Treecreepers climb up trees in a spiral around the trunk, feeding on insects and spiders that they find in crevices in the bark. They are residents in the UK, leaving their breeding territories in autumn but usually going no further than a few kilometres. In autumn and winter, Treecreepers will join flocks of tits, roaming woods and parks for food.

How to identify

Unmistakeable: Treecreepers are mottled brown above and white below.

Where to find it



When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

You can help to look after Treecreepers and other garden birds by providing food and water for them - it doesn't matter if you have a big garden or live in a high-rise flat, there are plenty of feeders, baths and food choices out there to suit all kinds of situations. To find out more about encouraging wildlife into your garden, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started. To buy bird food or feeders, visit the Vine House Farm website - an award-winning wildlife-friendly farm which gives 5% of all its takings to The Wildlife Trusts.

Species information

Common name
Latin name
Certhia familiaris
Thrushes, chats, flycatchers, starling, dipper and wren
Length: 12-13cm Wingspan: 19cm Weight: 10g Average Lifespan: 2 years
Conservation status