It was lying under a big lime tree, which does not necessarily mean that it fell off it. It was laying in quite tall grass.
No interactions present.
Long-tailed tit? Bit of a guess, though.
Clearly abandoned, so an "acceptable" nest posting.
Oh yes, it was definitely abandoned. I just found it there on the ground. I would never disturb birds!
I suppose it will stay a mystery... Judging by the research I did, it could indeed be a long-tailed tit's nest (a scruffy and ransacked one).
As an identification yourself? You should also change the category to Birds, so that the interested Clever People are more likely to see it, and either agree or offer an alternative.
This is indeed a Long-tailed Tit’s nest. It is constructed from lichen stitched together with hair and spider web, then stuffed with lots and lots of feathers. Normally domed with an entrance hole in the side near the top, probably about where this one has been opened up.
Unfortunately it has almost certainly been predated which is not an uncommon fate. (The nest tends to burst when the young fledge with feathers going everywhere.) I monitor nests as part of a volunteer scheme with the British Trust for Ornithology and every single LTT nest I have seen this year has been taken.
Thank you for the insight. Yes, sadly that's how it goes in nature...
It sounds like you are doing some great work for the Trust!
Lat/Lng: 51.4026, -0.1886
OS grid ref: TQ260686