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Star species

Our star species are some of the most interesting birds you may see on your visit to the reserve.

Great spotted woodpecker

Look and listen for great spotted woodpeckers anywhere on the reserve. In spring, you could hear males 'drumming' on dead wood. They also have a sharp 'kick' and chattering calls.

Great spotted woodpecker - male


Nuthatches are very charismatic residents at Nagshead. They are the only British birds to be able to climb head-first down trees, where you can see them foraging and excavating nest holes. Also listen for their loud calls.



Redwings are winter visitors, arriving in September from Scandinavia. They feed on fruit and invertebrates; listen for their high-pitched calls.



The display flight of the male woodcock is known as 'roding'. You can see and hear this easily at dusk on warm spring nights - watch for the shape of this chunky wading bird as it flies over woodland clearings and listen for their strange 'oinking' sound!


Wood warbler

Listen for the 'spinning coin' song of the wood warbler coming from the oak canopy from late April into June. You will need to look closely to pick out this yellow, green and white warbler among the fresh spring foliage.

Wood warbler

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  • Lat/lng: 51.774228,-2.571716
  • Grid reference: SO606085
  • Nearest town: Lydney, Gloucestershire
  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Country: England

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