Woodland Birds at Risk
Two of the UKs small woodland breeding birds have been added to the ‘at risk’ category by the Rare Birds Breeding Panel. The species will now be monitored closely to establish the causes for their declines.
Both Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Willow Tit are scarce breeding birds in our region.
Recent Atlas survey work has reported just 8 records from 6 tetrads for Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, a bird formerly of parks, woodlands and orchards. Willow Tits, a bird of damp wooded areas, are now confined primarily to the Cynon Valley and a few other locals, with just and 27 records from 15 tetrads.
- Woodland species added to rare birds list, Western Mail, 7 September 2011
- Woodland birds join extinction danger list, The Independent, 7 September 2011
- Willow tit and lesser spotted woodpecker on at-risk list, BBC News, 7 September 2011