I love the way these birds perch on the highest vantage point.
Even though the place they choose to live is exposed heathland.
At the end of the breeding season this twig will probably be bare of bark through his & his mates attendance.
From it he can spot prey. Tempt a mate & see off rivals.
He can spot danger as well, & lead off predators with vivid display.
But he can't protect his nest from man or dog.
Stonechats are a ground nesting bird of which there are many on heathland.
Ground nesting birds are very vulnerable to stray feet & wet noses
Their nests are very well camouflaged which makes them more vulnerable to stray feet.
If you find a nest, not that you should be looking, you should retreat immediately, the way you came & hope that magpies and jays haven't been alerted by your presence.
Don't stop to take a photo.
So during the spring & summer if you are on heathland please stay to the paths & keep your dogs under control.