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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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06 April, 2015

Great Spotted Woodpecker: going nuts | Nature Notes from Dorset

They say the camera never lies and so, if proof is needed, here it is - the great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) loves peanuts and as a result is at number 18 in the RSPB top garden bird visitors survey.
We associate the great spotted woodpecker with woodland, of course, and so gardens near woodland will have a higher chance of a visit from one. They are quite striking birds and always bring a bit of excitement when they appear. They are very keen on peanuts but less so, it seems, on seed. The container needs to be easily accessible so that they have a clear flight path in and then out again, and they need a container they can cling to easily.

Read more: Great Spotted Woodpecker: going nuts | Nature Notes from Dorset