The pied flycatcher is a rare summer migrant from Africa to the Gorge, with no more than 3 breeding pairs seen in any one year since 2000. If you are fortunate, you might catch a glimpse of this beautiful black and white bird on the upper slopes of woods such as those at Benthall Edge.
The bird only visits Britain to breed: once the brood has fledged, it disappears again. It feeds on insects, alighting and departing out of preference from a perch in oak woodland during early summer.
The species used to be more common in the Gorge and the Trust is working hard to re-establish its numbers by erecting purpose-built nest boxes, and also by managing the woodland to create its preferred conditions. This involves removing areas of dense holly in the understorey and thinning the canopy. The Trust monitors the number of breeding pairs as a way of measuring the success of its management.