Birds and Bugs

It might have been a while since the last update but there’s been no shortage of activity in the wood since then. In the last month our volunteers have recorded the following bird species in the wood or vicinity:

Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Starling, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Song Thrush, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Green Woodpecker, Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Jay, Stock Dove, Treecreeper, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Swift, Ring-necked Parakeet, Mistle Thrush, Tawny Owl.

We have been pleased to note that a good number of these have been undertaking nesting activity. Noisy Great Spotted Woodpecker chicks have kept us entertained on Cox’s Walk  and this week a recently fledged brood of Blackcaps were observed feeding in the glade.

Our weekly butterfly surveys are also underway and so far the following species have been recorded:

Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Small White, Large White, Green-veined White, Comma, Holly Blue, Peacock.

More updates to follow; why not write and tell us what you’ve seen or tweet us at

Male Kestrel on Cox's Walk clock toweradult Great Spotted Woodpecker feeding chick


Comma butterfly warming up in the glademale Green-veined White butterflyBee Fly (Bombyliidae sp.) on ivy leaffly sp. on Sessile Oak leaf

 Photographs by Peter Beckenham


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