The Hampshire Ornithological Society is conducting a survey of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers in Hampshire during 2022 to establish just how important the county is for this declining species.
The key aim of the project is to survey Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers in a randomly selected sample of 1km squares across Hampshire using standard and repeatable methods. In this way we can establish a good baseline to allow future monitoring of the species. The selection of squares to survey will be based on sites with records of Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers over the last 10 years. The same methods will be used both within the New Forest and elsewhere in the county although the numbers of squares surveyed will be higher within the Forest.
Survey instructions and recording forms, along with a map of the selected 1km square, can be downloaded from this website and printed. To get started, view the county map to see the available survey squares.