Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
The unmistakable song of the Skylark A. arvensis heralds both the arrival of spring and its transformation into summer. Who has not spent time staring into the sky to try to find and focus on that small dark spot before it comes falling to the ground?
A. arvensis is found across much of the Palearctic, including almost all of Britain and Ireland, wherever there are extensive habitats of low vegetation, including dunes, moors, meadows and arable crops. Although still very common in Sussex, no lover of the countryside can be unaware of the severe decline in numbers over recent years.
Long may its beautiful and charismatic voice grace our skies …
Gutteridge, T., (2014). Skylark. The Birds of Sussex. Thetford: British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Books on behalf of the Sussex Ornithological Society, pp. 427-428.
Scott-Ham, M. (1996). Skylark. Birds of Sussex. Sussex Ornithological Society, pp. 383-385.