Skylark

Skylark

Spring is a busy time for many bird species on Butser Hill as they establish territories and find mates. There are many pairs of Skylark made obvious by the males long loud song, delivered in flight from 30-40 metres above the ground. The nest will be among the ground vegetation and their diet will be seeds supplemented by insect life when young are present.  

Skylark prefer open farmland with grassland, cereals or other low arable crops. It is now well established that many such birds have declined dramatically over the last 30 years due to changes in agricultural practice and intensification. Farmland represents the largest single habitat in Hampshire and the 750 acres that make up the County Council’s holding on Butser provides a key resource for this and other species. Public pressure and specifically the effect of out of control dogs in the bird nesting season are the only negative factors.

Butser Hill
Butser Hill

Other bird species seen in the last few days include the Wheatear and Ring Ouzel, both summer visitors. For more information about bird sightings in Hampshire look on the web-site  goingbirding.co.uk/hants where you can search by site or species.

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