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Nestboxes suffer beak-in

by Rod Kebble

Nestboxes at Pierrepont Farm have been vandalised and the suspects are great spotted woodpeckers.

A nestbox vandalised by a woodpecker at the Countryside Restoration Trust's Pierrepont Farm.

Nestbox X9 after being remodelled by a woodpecker.

The birds have remodelled the entrances — without seeking planning permission — by enlarging the hole at the front of each box.

It is too early for the woodpeckers to predate the nests of the great tits and blue tits who make annual use of the boxes but perhaps they are preparing to do so later. Or maybe they would like to use the boxes themselves…

The boxes will be given new, woodpecker-proof fronts.

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