The nest is usually built by the female in a depression on the ground (2) amongst a tuft of long grass or heather (3). Eggs are laid between mid-March and early August; each clutch contains 3-5 eggs and hatching occurs about 14 days later (2). Most pairs have two or even three broods in the breeding season, as the time from laying to fledging is so short. During the breeding season the diet consists of invertebrates such as beetles, spiders, and caterpillars (3) taken from the lowest parts of plants or from moss. In winter the main food source is seeds (2).