The Pied flycatcher

Pied flycatcher

The Pied flycatcher migrates to the UK every year from Africa. It's a red listed bird, so suitable nesting sites are being provided for them at Hembury Woods.

Nesting sites

Over the winter, volunteers based at Parke have built 51 nest boxes which have been placed throughout Hembury Woods in groups of three. A lot of birds don't like to live next door to their own species, but are quite happy to be close to other types of bird.  So by placing the nest boxes in groups of three, the hope is that Blue tits and Great tits will go in two of them and the third will be left for the Pied flycatcher who arrives a bit later.

The project

As part of the nest box monitoring project, there will be five nest box checks from April to June.  Records will be taken of the first egg date, the number of chicks and how many of them fledged, along with timings. Find out what happened here. All of the information collected will be forwarded to the British Trust for Ornithology to be included in their nest recording scheme.

The Pied flycatcher also plays a role in monitoring climate change, by when they decide to nest.  Records show that they now nest two weeks earlier than they did in the 1950s.