Woodpeckers can be found in Castle Hill Wood, and I have seen both Green Woodpeckers and Great Spotted Woodpeckers there.

A memorable encounter was with a Green Woodpecker at the edge of Castle Hill Wood on Apr 3rd 2013. It was sat on a branch giving its famous “yaffle” call, and another one was answering it from further in the wood.

A Green Woodpecker was hanging around Trentside School in Morton during Aug and early Sep 2017 before disappearing.

A Green Woodpecker is regularly seen at Morton Cemetery.

 Green Woodpecker (picture from Wikipedia)


I have sometimes heard a Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming from the trees around the former Eminox factory on North Warren Road, and I saw a female in Mercer Wood on Feb 23rd 2018.

A Great-spotted Woodpecker (perhaps the same one seen in February) has bred and reared a brood of young in Mercer Wood this year. There are pictures of this in our gallery. I last saw them in Mercers Wood on June 1st, after which mother and baby left the nest.

On June 24th 2018 I spotted a female Great Spotted Woodpecker with a juvenile together in a small spinny on the riverside between Morton and Walkerith. Perhaps these were our “Mercers Wood” woodpeckers, alive and well and still in the area.

A male was seen on Field Lane, Morton on Aug 12th 2018.

  male and female Great Spotted Woodpecker (pictures from Wikipedia)


Gainsborough Cemetery on Heapham Road is another good place to look for woodpeckers, and I have seen both species at odd times in other places, including Morton Cemetery.