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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.

The photographs show how a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker’s nest hole in Kent was taken over by a Great Spot.

Detailed observations of a pair of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers throughout the year has revealed new insights into the problems they face.

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 ... 

Now is the time to get out into the woods and find Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers.
They are at their most conspicuous now and are easily audible and visible (as there are no leaves on the trees). We (LesserSpotNet) have already had lots of reports of birds displaying, calling and drumming. So now is a great time for you to check suitable woodland for the presence of Lesser Spots and keep a record. During the winter their home range can be huge, hundreds of hectares, but in a few weeks, they will settle down in favoured nesting area. Still a big area but is much smaller than their winter range.

Please help with the Lesser Spot Network project this year.

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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