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Chiffchaff on a branch

The chiffchaff is one of the first birds to arrive from its wintering grounds in southern Europe and north Africa. Listen out for the distinctive chiff-chaff song in early spring.

Woods provide shelter, food and nesting sites for some of the UK’s most beautiful and interesting birds. And even if you can’t always see them on a woodland walk, you’re very likely to hear them.

Unfortunately, many of our woodland species are in decline, with a 20% drop in woodland bird numbers recorded between 1970 and 2013. Species that have undergone significant declines include bullfinch, lesser spotted woodpecker, marsh tit, song thrush, spotted flycatcher and willow warbler to name just a few. 

Roughly one in four of the UK's threatened bird species are found in woodland, which is more than any other habitat type.

These worrying statistics make the protection, restoration and creation of native woodland more important than ever.

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