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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.

Lesser spot at nest

Our report on Lesser Spotted Woodpecker nest recording in 2018 is now available on this website, 2018 October Newsletter with details of all the nests found, fledging success and lots of photos and further information.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the project this year.

Thanks from Lesser Spotted Woodpecker Network to everyone who has helped with searching for nests and sending us information on Lesser Spot activity this year. Nine nests were monitored. The 2018 breeding season report will be available soon on our website.

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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