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Woodlands are home to a rich variety of birds especially suited to life among the trees.

Many of the birds we think of as garden birds are adapted to open woodland habitats, feeding on the invertebrates of the tree canopy, nesting in cavities left by rotting branches or hunting among closely-packed trunks. 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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