Low wood Keighley

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Low wood Keighley

Low wood Keighley

The woodland supports a wide range of bird and animal life. The main, dominant flowering plants are bluebell, foxglove and climbing corydalis. The reserve holds a number of breeding species of tit and finch. Two species of owl, little and tawny, breed on the reserve as does woodcock. Green and great spotted woodpeckers are resident, whilst lesser spotted woodpecker is a frequent visitor. A nest box scheme has encouraged pied flycatcher to breed annually and the Leeds-Liverpool Canal supports breeding mallard, moorhen and mute swan. Kingfisher and grey heron are often seen. Chiffchaff, willow and wood warbler are regular spring visitors along with cuckoo, whilst redwing and siskin appear in winter.
At dusk, the wood comes alive with many species of mammal such as fox, badger, roe deer and three species of bat. The localised water shrew is present along with other shrew, vole and mouse species. Both frog and toad inhabit the reserve and common lizard is sometimes seen on the dry-stone boundary walls. A number of species of dragon, damsel and mayflies has been recorded along with 14 species of butterfly.

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Green Woodpecker Picus viridis

The Green Woodpecker (Picus viridis) is a member of the woodpecker family Picidae. There are four subspecies and it occurs in most parts of Europe and in western Asia. All have green upperparts, paler yellowish underparts, a red crown and moustachial stripe which has a red centre in males but is all black in females.
The Green Woodpecker spends much of its time feeding on ants on the ground and does not often 'drum' on trees like other woodpecker species. It is a shy bird but usually draws attention with its loud calls. A nest hole is excavated in a tree; four to six eggs are laid which hatch after 19–20 days.Wikipedia

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