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Summer wildlife in the Midlands

Rare woodpecker at Kedleston Hall

A pair of very rare lesser spotted woodpeckers have made the park at Kedleston Hall their home this year. This male excavated a nest hole in April. The female laid six eggs and both birds are now feeding four chicks. This is great news, let’s hope that all four young fledge in three week’s time. This video shows both birds bringing food back for the young.

Bugs and beasties

Tiger beetle

Insects, butterflies and bugs fill the fields, ponds and skies at this time of year.

Tell them apart with our spotter guides

Wildlife Spotting

Can you tell your house martins from your swallows or your frogs from your toads? What makes a rabbit different from a hare or bee from a wasp?

Here’s a handy guide to telling apart some of our many wildlife species.


As you venture out and about this spring don't forget to send us your photos.

We love the this time of year, especially all the baby animals and we'd love to see what you've been spotting on your visits.