Standlynch Aberdeen-Angus
CONSERVATION SUCCESSES LAPWING These   birds   have   adopted   the   Stone   Culew   plot   -   perhaps   not   surprisingly   -   and   two   or   three pairs   nest   each   year.   Fledging   success   is   questionable   in   most   years   due   to   pressures   from crows   and   mammals   such   as   foxes   and   badgers   which   prey   on   ground   nesting   birds.   Though 2012   was   simply   washed   out.   However   some   years,   juvenile   birds   can   be   seen   nearby   post fledging, indicating breeding success.   Lapwing displaying Lapwing   made   a   reappearance   at   the   time   we   entered   Coutryside   Sewardship,   with   3   two hectare   plots   of   bare   land   plus   the   Stone   Curlew   plot.   I   eventually   amalgamated   the   plots   into one   and   this   together   with   the   growing   of   linseed   for   a   few   years   provided   bare   ground   in   the spring   to   be   sufficiently   attractive   to   the   initial   failed   breeders   looking   for   a   new   site.   This resulted   in   Lapwing   breeding   after   over   30   years   of   absence   in   the   arable   fields.   In   this   time they have also made use of pea ground on ours and our neighbours land. CORN BUNTING Also   known   as   the   barley   bird,   this   bird   also   disappeared   from   its   arable   haunts,   though   this time a little later, in the mid eighties. The   stone   curlew   plot   is   now   adjacent   to   arable   reversal   grassland,   as   well   as   an   arable   field. The   first   time   these   birds   tried   to   nest   was   after   the   second   of   the   two   reversal   patches   was growing   in   its   first   season.   In   2012   there   were   two   possibly   three   pairs   in   this   downland location,   as   well   as   a   male   singing   by   the   margin   of   a   lower   field   below.   Males   are   back   on territory   early   in   the   year   and   can   be   heard   singing   from   February   onwards.   The   females probably don’t join them until April
Corn Bunting singing