Woodcock by Richard Brunton 1/6
Woodcock at Gunton by Russell Yeomans 2/6
Woodcock at Hickling by Julian Thomas 3/6
Woodcock at Horstead by Neville Yardy. 4/6
Woodcock showing back markings by Richard Brunton 5/6
Woodcock at Swafield by Julian Thomas 6/6

Woodcock Scolopax rusticola

This elusive bird of woodland has beautiful markings that help it to blend into its surrounding habitats. If you keep your eyes peeled you may be lucky enough to see one, in particular during the winter time when visiting numbers of woodcock boost our resident population.

Conservation status

In the UK as a whole the woodcock is on the Red List of Birds of Conservation Concern. In Norfolk the population is widespread but scattered with localised concentrations where there is suitable habitat.

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Did you know? The wingtips of the leading primary feathers were used as brush tips by artists for fine painting work.
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