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Measures taken to protect endangered species in Warwick having positive impact


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Early evaluations indicate that Warwick District Council’s recent measures to provide a site for endangered grass nesting birds to breed on St Mary’s Lands appear to be working.

In late February, the Council installed temporary fencing around an area known as the Lammas Field where Skylarks and Meadow Pipits have historically laid their eggs in the long grass, a move which is strongly supported by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. 

The Director of Reserves and Community Engagement at the Trust, Karl Curtis, commented:

“To successfully breed, these species need wide areas of long grass, which aren’t bordered too closely with other vegetation such as trees and hedges, the area chosen is therefore the perfect habitat.”

Local resident Bryony Dunnell, who regularly walks her dog around the Racecourse and St Mary’s Lands, added;

“Once I realised what the fencing is for, I fully understood the need for it to protect the nesting birds. It only affects a small area, and there is still plenty of space for me to exercise my dog.” 

A Local Wildlife Evaluation of St Mary’s Lands undertaken in 2011 and an Ecology Study performed in 2019 have shown a 25% decrease in pairs of Skylarks and a 40% reduction in Meadow Pipits. More recent estimates taken during 2020/21 have indicated a further decline. 

The fencing and signage will be in place until early September. 


Written by: David Watkins

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