Call to help our wood­peck­ers

Bird Watching (UK) - - News -

Bird­watch­ers are be­ing urged to help map breed­ing records of the de­clin­ing Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker. Num­bers of the spar­row-sized birds have fallen in re­cent years, and it is now on the UK Red List. RSPB re­search sug­gests the birds have not been breed­ing suc­cess­fully. Now, two con­ser­va­tion­ists, Ken and Linda Smith, with more than 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence of mon­i­tor­ing wood­pecker nests, are hop­ing to build a clear pic­ture of where the birds are and how well they are breed­ing. They be­gan their re­search in 2015, and have fol­lowed 10 nests each year, but in 2017 they hope to be able to study more. Now is the time to look and lis­ten out for these birds. In March, Lesser Spot­ted Wood­peck­ers are more ob­vi­ous, with the birds call­ing and drum­ming to de­clare their ter­ri­to­ries. If you dis­cover any Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker nest sites, con­tact Ken at

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