Squares in the field

Over the past few months as the crops have grown in the nearby fields I’ve noticed that there are squares of crops missing.

These squares are around 4 x 4 metres and each field of wheat has around 3 squares in it. We have been trying to guess what they could be, yesterday I finally found out. They are Skylark plots.

The whole document from Defra is here Skylark plots but these are the main points.

  • To help Skylarks access nesting sites during Spring and Summer
  • To increase Skylark numbers
  • To prevent Skylarks being disturbed by putting plots away from tramlines
  • To promote Skylark territories

After doing a bit of reading I’ve found there are also Lapwing plots.

For those who want to do further reading there is more information here Conservation evidence

There has always been quite a few Skylarks on my local patch, and hopefully with my local farmer adding these Skylark plots in, their number will increase.

Field with skylark plotsSkylark plotIMG_7713



About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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4 Responses to Squares in the field

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Great program. Farmers here in the US need to embrace similar practices. Most hopeful.

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  2. Thanks Alex, that’s very interesting and reassuring in terms of protecting wildlife.

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  3. Helen White says:

    How brilliant to hear about this! We’ve been noticing a lot more lapwings nesting in fields near us lately – several pairs across several locations whereas they used to be quite the rarity. Lots of skylark song to be heard earlier in the summer too. Its great to hear a story of positive behaviour in support of the wildlife.

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