The Woodpecker Network


Great news, volunteers have found Lesser Spot nests in Herefordshire and the New Forest in last couple of days, bringing our 2018 total to four so far.

The finders have invited us to visit the nests in the next couple of days with our nest inspection camera to record the number of chicks and state of development for the lesser spotted woodpecker network project.

Nests are easier to detect at this late stage of breeding. As the chicks grow and need more food the adult Lesser Spots become more visible flying to and fro and the chicks often make a lot of noise in their last few days in the nest. The observers at the East Anglia nest noted that the chicks could be heard calling from quite a distance away in the last days before fledging.

At the East Anglia nest the chicks are fledging. In Devon the nest inspections showed eggs on 17th and chicks on 29th May. Chicks take about 22 days from hatching to fledging are likely to be in the nest for 10 - 14 more days. So there is still time to visit likely areas again and find a nest.

If you find a nest, please get in touch with us (in confidence).

LSW RichardJacobs leftcolLesser Spotted Woodpecker by Richard Jacobs 2019 LSW TimPreston 256Lesser Spotted Woodpecker © Tim Preston

Don't confuse juvenile Great Spotted Woodpeckers with male Lesser Spots - they both have red caps!

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