8 LESSER SPOT­TED WOOD­PECKER

Bird Watching (UK) - - Destination London -

An­other of London’s rarer res­i­dents is the Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker. In the 19th Cen­tury it was the most com­mon wood­pecker in the London area, while the Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker was recorded as ‘one of our rarest birds’. In a strange tale of chang­ing for­tunes, the Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker pop­u­la­tion de­clined dra­mat­i­cally while pop­u­la­tions of the other two wood­pecker species soared. The Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker is now on the UK Red List of de­clin­ing species. Sites in­clud­ing Wanstead Flats still have breed­ing pairs, al­though this shy, spar­row-sized wood­pecker is no­to­ri­ously hard to spot. The Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker and also the Green Wood­pecker, by con­trast, can now be eas­ily en­coun­tered at sites across London.

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