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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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13 April, 2015

Nuthatch: down the hatch | Nature Notes from Dorset

At number nineteen in the top twenty garden feeding birds is the nuthatch (Sitta europaea). It is an active feed bag visitor to gardens that are near woodland and if you have nuthatches at all they will be frequent visitors. Not only do they like seed but they are very keen on peanuts and adore cheese, especially if it is rubbed in to the bark of a tree.
The nuthatch is very much a part of the woodland fauna and is common right across the woods of Dorset. All year round, and especially in spring, its load and very distinctive 'piping' call makes them unmissable - hear the sound, locate the bird! 

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