The Woodpecker Network


A Chichester Natural History Society volunteer project to record bats in the Chichester area,

2018 first nest - a visit with our nest inspection camera on 30 April revealed a female Lesser Spotted Woodpecker incubating five eggs. Has anyone else found a nest? If so please get in touch and we can arrange a visit to check number of eggs/chicks as part of the project. The first nest is ..... 

Has anyone found a Lesser Spot excavating yet - or even a nest? We have one report so far and will be visiting with our nest inspection camera next week.

Many thanks to everyone who has sent us information of Lesser Spot sightings/territories so far.

Spring is arriving fast, despite the recent run of cold, wet weather. It won’t be long before Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers switch their attentions to selecting their nest site, excavating a cavity and laying eggs. Data collected by the Lesser Spot Network over the last few years show the first eggs were laid between 20 April and 11 May with a peak around the end of April. So please keep searching for territories and signs of nest excavation.

Although you may not have thought so last week - spring is coming fast. The next few weeks are undoubtedly to best time of year to locate displaying and territorial Lesser Spoted Woodpeckers. Birds will now be drumming and calling and can often be seen chasing each other through the canopy. It will be a few weeks before they select a nest site but now is certainly the best time to establish the presence of territorial birds.

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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