Singing male Woodlarks have been reported on the Forest. These birds are early breeders and they can start even earlier, sometimes with snow still on the ground.

Other early breeders include Tawny Owl, Crossbill and some raptors. Nesting early can sometimes be beneficial, it can allow for multiple broods or larger species’ nestlings fledging at the optimal time when food is most plentiful. In recent years early nesting has been more successful as wet Spring and Summer months are killers.

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