The Shrike in the TV series
Name Shrike
Species Red-backed shrike
Gender Male
Status Alive
Mate Unnamed shrike (books)
Offspring Unknown
First Book Appearance The Animals of Farthing Wood
First TV Appearance New Friends, Old Enemies
Voiced by Jeremy Barrett

Benno Hoffmann (Germany)

"Why are you so upset? You're as bad as that stupid badger, you?"
— Shrike said to Fox, who was surprised that he cared about the impaled rodents.
The Shrike (also known as the Butcher Bird) is a shrike who appears in the first book and the TV series. In the book it kills several of the fieldmice and voles, including all the newborn babies. In the TV series it only kills the newborn fieldmice. The shrike is seen carrying a baby fieldmouse by the other animals and its larder is quickly discovered by Hare, who also sees the shrike's mate in the thorn bush. He sees that the dead baby mice have been gruesomely impaled among the bloody thorns.

In the TV series the shrike is seen by Fox as he makes his way back to the other animals, and tells Fox about Hare and Badger. It later tells Vixen to run for her life as she tries to escape from the hunt, taking obvious pleasure in her peril. In the book neither of the foxes encounter the shrike, but Fox does come across its larder and sees the dead voles and fieldmice, which shows him that he is heading the right way towards his friends.

The gender of the shrike is unknown, but it is most likely male as male shrikes are usually the ones who hunt, plus in the TV series it has a male voice, has the typical colors of a male bird and is referred to by Kestrel as male.



TV series


  • The red-backed shrike became extinct within the UK only a few years after the first book was published. But since 2010 the bird has returned to the British Isle in small numbers.
Minor characters from the TV series
Series 1
Baby FieldmiceBaby NewtBaby RabbitsBarn OwlBetsy GriggsBrunoCarpFieldmouseHareHedgehogHorseHunting MasterMrs FieldmouseMrs HedgehogMrs HareMrs NewtMrs PheasantMrs RabbitMrs ShrewMrs SquirrelMrs VoleNewtPheasantPikeRabbitRooksShrewShrikeSquirrelThrushTomTom GriggsVole
Series 2
BounderCatCrowDreamerEdible FrogsLeveretMatelessPaddockPoachersRanger's sisterRed SquirrelsStoat
Series 3
HareBatsButchColonel DonkFarmyard PigFarthinghurst OwlFarthinghurst RookJeffLairdMoth-Eaten RookNatPigletRobinScraggSheepSootyTerrapinsWild BoarWildcatsWoodpecker
Minor characters from the book series
The Animals of Farthing Wood
Barn OwlBetsy GriggsCarpFieldmouseHareHedgehogHorseHunting MasterJackLeveretLizardMrs HareMrs PheasantMrs VolePheasantPikeRabbitRooksSquirrelShrikeTom GriggsVole
In the Grip of Winter
Edible FrogsGinger CatPaddockPoachersStoat
Fox's Feud
BlazeDreamerMirthfulRanger's cousinRusset
The Fox Cub Bold
The Siege of White Deer Park
HuskyPaceRustyThe BeastTrip
In the Path of the Storm
Battle for the Park