Scientific name: Sitta europaea
The nuthatch is a tit-sized, grey and rust-coloured bird that can be easily spotted climbing headfirst down tree trunks in woodlands and parks.
Average lifespan: 2 years
Classified in the UK as Green under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015).
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutA tit-sized bird, the nuthatch has a short tail, large head and a woodpecker-like bill. Nuthatches climb up and down tree trunks in mature woods and parklands, feeding on insects, seeds and nuts, such as hazelnuts and beechmast. They nest in holes in trees or abandoned nests, but are happy to use nestboxes, too. They start breeding in April and can produce two clutches of up to 13 eggs each.
How to identifyThe nuthatch is grey above, with a long, black eyestripe, white cheeks and throat, and a rust-coloured belly.
In our area
Nuthatches can be seen all over Shropshire, even in small patches of woodland. They even next in back gardens! The following nature reserves offer good opportunities to spot them: