Lesser Spotted Woodpecker 1994

Dendrocopus minor – CNOCELL FRAITH LEIAF – Breeding resident

Breeding confirmed6
Breeding probable4
Breeding possible10
No of tetrads occupied20 (of 478)
Percentage of tetrads4.2%

Mathew (1894) noted that the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker had been seen at Goodwick. Lockley et al. (1949) considered it scarce, with records from Nevern, Llangwm, Burton and Haverfordwest, and Saunders (1976) agreed but thought that it was probably overlooked because of its secretive nature and might occur more frequently than realised.

Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers were found in 20 tetrads during the Breeding Birds Survey of 1984-1988 and were also seen in other localities outside the breeding season, such as West Williamston, Brynberian and Cwm yr Eglwys. It seems likely that they remain under-recorded.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

SAUNDERS, D.R. 1976. A brief guide to the birds of Pembrokeshire. Five Arches Press

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