The RSPB have the following advice for helping the ground nesting birds that can be found in areas like Cossall Parish and include Lapwings, Skylarks, Pheasants and Partridges.
Skylarks are commonly associated with farmlands, singing high above the fields or searching for insects amongst the crops but they are quite particular about the short-vegetated areas in which they like to nest.
Lapwing will also look for areas of shorter grass or tilled arable land to nest in, before walking fluffy chicks to nearby pastures to feed.
How can we help birds like these?
Sticking to the footpaths, bridleways and walking dogs on leads in breeding season can help these species to keep their nests safe. If you witness adult birds trying to attract your attention, it’s a good indicator you are near young and should move back the way you came. Make sure to leave farmer’s gates exactly as you find them too! Many nature-friendly farmers will rotate grazing cattle between fields during breeding season, to help keep their animals fed and provide perfect habitats for these threatened birds at the same time.
Some local landowners have expressed their concern for the safety of wildlife on their land this springtime.
So, as it’s the time of year for ground nesting birds please help to protect them by following the government’s
Always keep dogs under control and in sight. The countryside, parks and the coast are great places to exercise your dog but you need to consider other users and wildlife.
Keep your dog under control to make sure it stays away from wildlife, livestock, horses and other people unless invited. Always check local signs as there are situations when you must keep your dog on a lead for all or part of the year. Local areas may also ban dogs completely, except for assistance dogs. Signs will tell you about these local restrictions.
On Open Access land and at the coast, you must put your dog on a lead around livestock. Between 1 March and 31 July, you must have your dog on a lead on Open Access land, even if there is no livestock on the land. These are legal requirements.