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Lesser Spotted Wodpecker

Now a very uncommon species in Dorset and only rarely recorded

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Common Name Lesser Spotted Wodpecker
Scientific Name Dendrocopus minor
Species Group Other Small Land Birds
Status Rare
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A much smaller version of the great spotted woodpecker

Identification Notes
  • Very rare in Dorset now and most likely to be seen in autumn/winter as it moves looking for food
  • It is much smaller than the greater spotted woodpecker being no bigger than a sparrow
  • Rarely found outside of open broadleaf woodland areas
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Other Small Land Birds