The green woodpecker
is a relative new comer to Scotland with the first breeding occurring in the early 1950s after the bird had spread from haunts in England.
often cling to the side of tree trunks and branches but they can regularly be seen on the ground.
are among a small group of birds, including robins and wrens, which feed mainly on insects, in their case ants, but do not migrate for the winter.
Surveys of woodland planted in recent years have turned up a roll call of wildlife, including a number of species which are under threat or have seen numbers decline nationally, including song thrushes, skylarks, green woodpeckers
And there are also many types of bird, including goldfinch, redpoll, firecrest, coal tits and green woodpeckers
within the range of woodland, parklands and meadow that make up the corridor.
Ring ouzels, green woodpeckers
and a host of dragonflies, butterflies and moths have also been recorded: all details are processed by Green Shoots to local records centre, Cofnod.
If you are lucky, you might see great spotted or green woodpeckers
There are three way marked walks around the estate but the best one for spring flowers and wildlife is the five-mile Estate Walk, where you may be lucky enough to see green woodpeckers
, barn owls, hares, wild violets and forget-me-nots.
are plentiful, feeding on the abundance of anthills on the forest floor.
criss-cross the adjacent open spaces but their characteristic 'waffle' rings through the wood, a counterpoint to the rat-a-tat of great spotted woodpeckers whose drumming serves as their song.
Near Betws y Coed flycatchers arrive annually in the great oaks and beeches to feed on insects above the gorge of the River Conwy, and from the Coed Cadw ancient woodlands around Dinas Powys green woodpeckers
feed on anthills in the back garden.
The birds are very noisy here and twitchers might discover sparrowhawks as well as great spotted and green woodpeckers
Wildlife friendly lawn - green woodpeckers
and hedgehogs are in for a feast Lawns that are weed-free, regularly fertilised, neat and bright green are of little value to most wildlife, while those that are scruffy-looking, with plenty of weeds, support many more species.
Though green woodpeckers
are shy by nature, if you persevere the bird will let you watch it like this for quite some time.
Long-term lowland residents, such as the green woodpeckers
(and their food, the yellow meadow ants) and the greater butterfly orchids continue to thrive, supplemented by apparently new arrivals such as the colony of small pearl-bordered fritillaries on the ffridd.