As some of you will already know, our site is famous for its wildlife. We were somewhat concerned during the final phase of perimeter fencing for the greenway extension that the resident roe deer population would be ‘fenced out’. We spent several weeks not knowing whether we had managed to keep them and were delighted to spot a male and two females in the ridge and furrow paddocks behind the control tower.
Our site is home to a large population of Water Voles, a protected species. We are working with conservationists to ensure that we continue to provide a perfect habitat for these delightful creatures.
This year has seen the return of Skylarks to the site (they disappeared for a couple of years). We are unsure at this point if they are nesting.
The skylark is a small brown bird, somewhat larger than a sparrow but smaller than a starling. It is streaky brown with a small crest, which can be raised when the bird is excited or alarmed, and a white-sided tail. The wings also have a white rear edge, visible in flight. It is renowned for its display flight, vertically up in the air. Its recent and dramatic population declines make it a Red List species. Found everywhere in the UK, they like open countryside, from lowland farmland to upland moorland. Often inconspicuous on the ground, it is easy to see when in its distinctive song flight.
This site has a large population of various species of bats. We are currently providing ‘bat boxes’ and planting ‘bat friendly’ wild flowers in these areas.
We have sown a test area of wild flowers this autumn and hope to see this develop over the next few years into a wild flower conservation area.