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.
are familiar for their yaffle cry while the great spotted woodpecker may visit gardens to feed.
I recalled how often I stand amazed at the unparalleled ingenuity and imaginative beauty of flowers--morning glory, fuchsias, delphiniums, gentians; or the ten or more bird varieties that visit our town garden, from green woodpeckers
to wrens; the exquisite colourings of the red admiral and peacock butterflies.
Nestled in the heart of the Gower, the area is a haven for wildlife, with many species of wild birds, including sparrow hawks and green woodpeckers
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.
Besides being a food source for green woodpeckers
, they also eat other insects to maintain a balance."
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."