Birds flock to Rosemoor — including ‘Woody’

Joseph Bulmer

Greater spotted woodpecker among visitors during Birdwatch event

A greater spotted woodpecker was among 14 different species of birds that dropped in at RHS Garden Rosemoor RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Pete Earl resident bird expert, took part in the valuable survey again this year and spent an hour in the Fruit and Veg Garden observing the feathered visitors.

Along with numerous blue tits, chaffinches and the usual suspects of house sparrows, robins and blackbirds, there were a few less common visitors including nuthatches, bullfinch, marsh tit and the greater spotted woodpecker.

Families are invited along to Rosemoor in Torrington during the February half term, starting Monday, February 19 for a Birds in the Garden week to join in the fun of spotting and learning about our feathered friends.

Buzzards, ravens, chaffinches and song thrushes, as well as tawny owls, barn owls, little egrets and goldfinches have all been spotted at the gardens and there are 108 nest boxes situated around the grounds.

Throughout half term there will be plenty of birdie-themed activities to take part in, including Bird I-Spy, bird counts, nest and bird box making and accumulating in a falconry display on Saturday, February 26.

This will see Martin Simkins from the North Devon Falconry Centre will be on site with his birds of prey. Displays at 11.30am and 2pm.

Other events: Drop in bird box making workshop on Tuesday, February 22, for children aged eight to 12. 11am-3pm.

Drop in nest making workshop, Wednesday 23, 11am-3pm, for children aged eight to 12.

Encouraging birds into the garden: With Martin George from CJ Wildbird foods, Thursday 24 and Friday, February 25, 11am and 3pm. Normal garden entry applies to all events.