Whether it is meticulously tidying up the nest, hurrying around to find food for the ever hungry youngsters, or merely sitting on eggs the coot is a non-stop piece of machinery. They are both devoted parents and share all the chores and trials of child rearing .

As with any footage from the waterside, there just has to be a duck, so he's here also, all on his own (must be the ugly one eh).

Backtrack I call songs from the copse, recorded at the time of shooting.

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