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.