Woodpecker Confusion Causes Mayhem For Home Owners

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Conservation Officers at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have recently been scratching their heads about an unusual development among the native woodpecker population in the North of England.

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At first I just thought there was heavy rainfall, but then the noise got louder and it sounded like a tornado. I couldn't believe it when I saw all these woodpeckers at my windows!

Conservation Officers at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have recently been scratching their heads about an unusual development among the native woodpecker population in the North of England.

It appears that an increasing number of great spotted woodpeckers are being found with bent or damaged bills.

At first the RSPB investigated the possibility that trees were just getting tougher, or that something in the diet of woodpeckers is weakening the bills.

However, they were very surprised to find the real reason. It appears that the woodpeckers have been trying to chisel away at 'whitegrain' uPVC (vinyl) windows and doors on homes throughout the North and Midlands. These upvc windows look just like real wood would, and it seems woodpeckers just can't tell the difference.

One homeowner was distressed to find a swarm of woodpeckers chipping away at her new window frames. Mrs Wryneck, of Harrogate, commented "At first I just thought there was heavy rainfall, but then the noise got louder and it sounded like a tornado. I couldn't believe it when I saw all these woodpeckers at my windows!"

Mr Guillemot of Knutsford, said, "We were surprised to find a number of Woodpeckers trying to get through our front door - some of the birds looked a bit disorientated."

Matthew Glover, the Managing Director, of Conservatory Outlet, the manufacturer of these windows is very concerned about the problem. "When we developed these windows we never really thought about the impact upon the woodpeckers of the UK," said Mr Glover. "These windows and doors have been selling really well due to the special white grained foil which gives the effect of a timber window but with all the low-maintenance benefits of a normal white uPVC window."

The RSPB is now warning the public to avoid purchasing these windows which are available to purchase at Conservatory Outlet showrooms in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, North Wales and the Midlands.

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