Sirhowy Hill Woodlands

Scientific name: Apamea monoglypha


A highly coloured finch with a bright red face and yellow wing patch. Sociable, often breeding in loose colonies, they have a delightful liquid twittering song and call. Their long fine beaks allow them to extract otherwise inaccessible seeds from thistles and teasels. Increasingly they are visiting birdtables and feeders. In winter many UK goldfinches migrate as far south as Spain.

Where can you see Greenfinches?

Anywhere there are scattered bushes and trees, rough ground with thistles and other seeding plants. Likes orchards, parks, gardens, heathland and commons. Less common in upland areas and most numerous in southern England.

When to see Greenfinches?

All year round.


What do Greenfinches eat?

Grasses including Common Couch (Elytrigia repens) and Cock’s-foot (Dactylis glomeratus).

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Scientific Name

Carduelis carduelis


England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland

Height: 12cm
Weight: 14-17g

313,000 territories


Edge of forests and areas with scattered trees and bushes, including orchards, gardens and parks.

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