Decline Of The Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

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Standing deadwood in orchards provides woodpeckers with foraging and nesting sites

 

The lesser spotted woodpecker has had a long association with traditional orchards.  Spring is the best time of year to catch sight of these rare little birds.  Listen out for their distinctive drumming in the orchards and woodlands – a much slower and weaker rhythm than that of the great spotted woodpecker.

The lesser spotted is rarest of the three species of woodpecker regularly breeding in Britain. In the last decade, it has suffered an alarming population decline and is now a red-listed species meaning it is of conservation concern.

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Wildlife Value Of Natural Tree Hollows

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Multi-storey woodpecker nesting sites

Natural tree hollows are prime real estate for a huge variety of wildlife species. Woodpeckers, owls and bats use them as roosting and nesting sites. Hollows provide small mammals and birds with a refuge from inclement weather and a safe hideaway from predators. The huge range of insect species that make their home in the decaying wood creates a living larder for birds and animals. In fact, the importance of natural tree hollows for biodiversity cannot be overestimated.   Continue reading