Species of the month:
October - Goldfinch

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© Amy Lewis and Jon Hawkins Surrey Hills Photography - goldfinch


Common Name: Goldfinch

Latin Name: Carduelis carduelis

Identification: Unmistakeable: Goldfinches are small, colourful finches, gingery-brown above and pale below, with black and yellow wings, a black crown, white cheeks and a bright red face. 

Behaviour: They are resident throughout the year in the UK although some migrate to Spain to avoid the worst of the winter weather! Goldfinches will come to feeders in the garden and hang around in large group (up to 100) in the winter.

Eats: Seeds- its beak is perfect for getting little seeds from teasel, dandelion and ragwort heads! They will also eat insects in the summer months.

Where can they be found? In various habitats including towns & gardens, farmland, grassland, heathland  and woodland,

Wildife Gardening Tips:

Here are some tips on how to help goldfinches in your garden:

  • Nurture plants such as teasel, dandelions and thistle in your garden!

  • Leave the heads of teasel and thistle in the winter months which will attract flocks to your garden.

  • Have bird feeders - finches like smaller seeds like niger seeds but also love sunflower hearts.

  • Buy your bird seed from the Really Wild Bird Food Company who support and donate to Dorset Wildlife Trust with every sale

  • Grow mature trees and shrubs in your garden for goldfinches to flock and nest in.

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