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The wonderful colours of autumn make it the perfect time to visit the Arboretum. Here’s our spotter’s guide to some of the wildlife to look out for.

Green woodpecker

This striking bird is often seen flying about the Arboretum. Listen out for its very distinctive ‘laughing’ call.

Buzzard

Although once in decline throughout the UK, the buzzard is now one of the most frequently seen birds of prey in the Forest.

Kestrel

Kestrels are often seen hovering over the wildflower meadow running through the middle of the Arboretum, hunting for small mammals.

Great spotted woodpecker

Commonly seen flying with its distinctive bounce and heard drumming on tree trunks and branches.

Birds of prey in the Forest

The Heart of England Forest aims to provide a habitat where birds of prey can thrive, and with the help of a remarkable trio of specialist volunteers, their progress is being closely monitored. Find out more.

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