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Although you may not have thought so last week - spring is coming fast. The next few weeks are undoubtedly to best time of year to locate displaying and territorial Lesser Spoted Woodpeckers. Birds will now be drumming and calling and can often be seen chasing each other through the canopy. It will be a few weeks before they select a nest site but now is certainly the best time to establish the presence of territorial birds.

Our Lesser Spotted Woodpecker initiative is continuing in 2018, so we need your help. Please go out and search for Lesser Spots and report the results to us. As before if you find a nest we will try to arrange a visit with a nest inspection camera. Read on for all the details.

Our amazing female Great Spotted Woodpecker - green on yellow - is back at its wintering site in Northamptonshire, 100 Km from its breeding site in Hertfordshire, for the third year!

It was a huge honour for Ken Smith to be awarded the BTO Tucker Medal at the British Trust for Ornithology annual conference on 9 December 2017.

Are you interested in finding out more about the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker project?

Then catch up with us at the BTO Conference at Swanwick on 8th-10th December. Ken will be giving a short presentation at the Nest Record Scheme get-together on the Friday evening after dinner.

LSW TimPreston 256Lesser Spotted Woodpecker © Tim Preston

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