Lesser Spotted Woodpecker breeding season update
LesserSpot Network observers are actively monitoring 11 nests, all found at the egg stage. This is great news as it gives us the maximum information about when and where problems arise for the birds.
We anticipate that more nests will be found now that the adults are more visible as they gather food for the chicks. Watching how often the birds feed the young and what type of food items are brought, all crucial information to help our understanding of these enigmatic birds
If you find a nest, please get in touch and we will help you monitor its progress and, if appropriate and/or possible, visit with our nest viewing camera to gather information on the number of chicks.
A record ten nests found by LesserSpotNet observers
What a great 10 days, Lesser Spot Network observers have found 10 nests at the egg stage, which is the most ever for the project.
Another Lesser Spot nest hole lost - this time to Great Spots!
The photographs show how a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker’s nest hole in Kent was taken over by a Great Spot.
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker's nest hole taken over by MarshTits!
Detailed observations of a pair of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers throughout the year has revealed new insights into the problems they face.
Lesser Spots at 2019 International Woodpecker Conference in Poland
Is low breeding success the cause of the decline of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers in the UK? This was the title of our poster presentation at the 8th International Woodpecker Conference held at Bialowieza, Poland from 16-19 March 2019 using information from Woodpecker Network volunteers. For the full story ...
Don't confuse juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers with male Lesser Spots - they both have red caps!