Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Latin name: Dendrocopos minor

This small woodpecker is only the size of a house sparrow. It is a woodland bird which used to be widespread in the Yorkshire Dale. However, local trends appear to be mirroring the drastic national population decline. This species is currently found at a very small number of sites in the Yorkshire Dales.  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. The causes of decline are not fully understood.  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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Wharfedale in Yorkshire is a valley favoured by nature and enriched by romance. From 'Wharfedale' by Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley

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