Skylark at Horsey by Jackie Dent 1/10
Skylark searching for food by Elizabeth Dack 2/10
Skylark at Blakeney Point by Paul Taylor 3/10
Skylarks collecting food by Pauline Greenwood 4/10
Skylark by Jackie Dent 5/10
Skylark by Tina Browne 6/10
Skylark by Nick Goodrum 7/10
Skylark singing in flight by Elizabeth Dack 8/10
Skylark fledgling by Elizabeth Dack 9/10
Skylark by David Thacker 10/10

Skylark Alauda arvensis

The melodic song from this high flyer often means that the skylark is heard before it is seen. When you do spot it, it will be a small bird with a streaky brown back and a buffy-white underside heavily streaked with dark brown, and it can be spotted all year round.

Conservation status

Due to its rapid decline (more than 50% in the last 25 years), the skylark is a species of high conservation concern.

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Did you know?

The skylark's song can last for five minutes or more.

Larks were once a great delicacy and, by the end of the 19th Century, as many as 20,000 – 40,000 larks a day were arriving at the main lark market at Leadenhall in London. Lark-catching was eventually banned in 1931.

Norfolk gamekeepers used to say if larks were flying high early in the morning it would be a fine day.

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