Woodlark – breeding survey 2006


Woodlark by Martin BennettA full national survey was undertaken in 2006, repeating the survey last done in 1997. This was an important survey for Hampshire, which has a significant population of Woodlarks. The survey involved at least two visits to every 1-km square where there have been Woodlarks in recent years, plus visits to some additional, randomly-chosen, squares in farmland habitats.


Preliminary results appeared to show that Woodlarks were doing much better in Hampshire farmland than previously, but that total numbers were perhaps down a little. Unfortunately, cold weather in February-April of 2006 may have meant that some birds were missed. A full report on the Hampshire population appeared in the 2006 Hampshire Bird Report.