Saving the sound of summer
Have you ever stood on open parkland or in a field on a summer’s day and lost yourself in the stunning song of the skylark? Sadly, changes in farming practices and habitat loss are leading to some of our most treasured birds being put at risk. Populations of the skylark and another shy, ground-nesting bird, the woodcock, have more than halved since the 1980s and are now on the official red list of endangered birds.
" We feel very lucky to have both skylark and woodcock on the estate. We also feel a huge responsibility to look after these vulnerable little birds. Over the years, we’ve worked hard to manage the woodland to increase the diversity of habitat and species. The park land, now restored to grazing, also encourages a wide variety of grassland insects, small mammals and bird life."