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The results of the Lesser Spot nest recording project this year are now available in our 2017 report.
This is the third year of the initiative and the most successful yet with 13 nests monitored.
We have had support this year from more volunteers searching for and finding nests and the birds have had a pretty good breeding season too. 

Andy Sims detailed study of breeding Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers in Swanpool Lincoln in 2015 and 2016 has been published in the Lincolnshire Bird Report 2015, link to the full report This is a great story -

Well the breeding season for Lesser Spots is over for this year.

Thanks to everyone who contributed sightings and nest information this year and also to those of you who searched in vain. Lesser Spots really are elusive birds when it comes to finding their nests.

We now have information on 12 nests found by Woodpecker Network volunteers, more than twice the number monitored last year, which is fantastic. Thanks to all of you who have searched for nests and provided information. There is still time to find more nests - keep looking and listening.

The nests are in Cheshire, Dartmoor, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Kent, Norfolk, Wyre Forest, two in Sussex and three in the New Forest. The young have successfully fledged from three nests (Dartmoor, Sussex-2 and New Forest-2). Adults are feeding chicks in the other nests, but possibly still incubating in Cheshire.

Woodpecker Network observers and nest cameras have been in action revealing incubating adults, eggs and young.

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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