Sky Lark

Latin name: Alauda arvensis

Family: Alaudidae

Perhaps best known for its melodious warbling song, the sky lark hovers at a great height over open grassland breeding sites making it easy to hear but often difficult to see. It can hold its song for several minutes during flight, rising several hundred feet before eventually dropping back to the ground.

Similar in size to a sparrow, the sky lark has a streaky brown plumage and a small crest which is sometimes raised.  It favours open countryside and can be found over a variety of open grassland habitats within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Although it is widespread, the sky lark is not common at any one location.

At risk?

The sky lark is on the UK list of priority species for biodiversity action and the RSPB has allocated a Red conservation status to the sky lark.

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The unfolding of Grass Wood throughout the year is a story of rich fulfilment. From 'Wharfedale' by Ella Pontefract & Marie Hartley

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