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Woodpecker Network is supporting the Hampshire Ornithological Society to conduct a survey of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers in Hampshire during 2022 to establish just how important the county is for this declining species. It starts now - would you like to help?

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Our Newsletter review of the 2021 Lesser Spot nesting season is now available. Download or read the full 2021 Report . We are pleased that 19 nests were monitored and reported to us. Woodpecker Network has now monitored 95 Lesser Spot nests since we started in 2015.

Huge thanks to all of you who found and monitored nests this year and to those who searched in vain. The report also highlights some of your experiences, photographs and data collected.

Bars and Spots- varying fortunes of our British woodpeckers

Ken Smith, the UK's leading woodpecker expert, considers the decrease in Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers compared with the rise of Great Spotted Woodpeckers in an on-line talk for British Ornithologists Club (BOC) now available on YouTube – ,    

Woodpecker Network volunteers, Ken Smith, Linda Smith and Rob Clements, have made a new estimate of the numbers of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers in England and Wales in the journal British Birds. And the answer is ....

Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers are feeding young.
As of 23 May, LesserSpotNetwork volunteers are monitoring 6 active nests with the first young due to fledge this week and the others over the next couple of weeks. So this the last chance to find a nest this year. If you found birds earlier in the season, please revisit the area and watch for adults bringing food to the young, they may lead you to find the nest.

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!

Dont confuse your woodpeckers

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