Bullfinch

Latin name: Pyrrhula pyrrhula

Common bullfinch is a beautiful bird species of woodland, woodland edge and orchards, which feeds voraciously on the buds of trees in spring. It has quite a restricted distribution in the Yorkshire Dales, perhaps due to the limited area of orchard habitat. Its current status in the National Park is unknown however it is hoped that increased bird recording through involvement in the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) will improve our knowledge of a range of upland bird species in the Dales.

At risk?

The population of this species is thought to be declining in the UK. In 2007 it became a UK Biodiversity Action Plan priority species and in 2011 it was added to Nature in the Dales: 2020 Vision the second biodiversity action plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

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