Fieldfares breed mainly from eastern France, the Low Countries and Fenno-Scandia across Eurasia to eastern Siberia. They have also been recorded nesting as far west as Greenland and as far south as Greece. They winter mostly in western, central and southern Europe, also from Turkey to the Nile delta, in northwest Iran and, irregularly during severe winters, in areas further to the south of these regions.
    Up to a million Fieldfares arrive in Britain in winter from Fenno-Scandia and are found everywhere except in parts of  the Scottish highlands and the Hebrides. They are also widely reported during the breeding season: Bird Atlas 2007-2011 recorded them in over one thousand three hundred 10km squares in summer, but breeding was confirmed or probable in only ten of them with possible breeding in a further eleven - all the rest were assumed to be late departing winter visitors.
    Fieldfares have been familiar winter visitors to Wiltshire at least since the mid-19th century. The numbers present have been calculated to be about 15% of the total British population, making them the fourth most numerous bird in Wiltshire in winter, exceeded only by Wood Pigeon, Starling and Rook. Birds of Wiltshire recorded them in 70% of the tetrads surveyed. WTA2 recorded them in 96% of all tetrads.


The following references are used throughout these species accounts, in the abbreviated form given in quotation marks:
1968-72 Breeding Atlas” – Sharrack, J.T.R. 1976:  The Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland. T. & A. Poyser
“1981-84 Winter Atlas” – Lack, P.C. 1986:  The Atlas of Wintering Birds in Britain and Ireland. T. & A. Poyser
1988-91 Breeding Atlas” – Gibbons, D.W., Reid, J.B. & Chapman, R.A. 1993: The New Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland 1988-91. T. & A. Poyser
Birds of Wiltshire” – Ferguson-Lees, I.J. et al. 2007 : Birds of Wiltshire, published by the tetrad atlas group of the Wiltshire Ornithological Society after mapping fieldwork 1995-2000. Wiltshire Ornithological Society.
“Bird Atlas 2007-2011” – Balmer, D.E., Gillings, S., Caffrey, B.J., Swann, R.L., Downie, I.S. and Fuller, R.J. 2013: Bird Atlas 2007-2011: the Breeding and Wintering Birds of Britain and Ireland
WTA2” – ("Wiltshire Tetrad Atlas 2 ") the present electronic publication, bringing together the Wiltshire data from “Birds of Wiltshire” and “Bird Atlas 2007-11”, together with data from further fieldwork carried out in 2011 and 2012.
"Hobby" - the annual bird report of the Wiltshire Ornithological Society.