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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.

Our Lesser Spotted Woodpecker initiative is continuing in 2018, so we need your help. Please go out and search for Lesser Spots and report the results to us. As before if you find a nest we will try to arrange a visit with a nest inspection camera. Read on for all the details.

Our amazing female Great Spotted Woodpecker - green on yellow - is back at its wintering site in Northamptonshire, 100 Km from its breeding site in Hertfordshire, for the third year!

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