One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small European and North African lark with a short tail and melodious song, frequenting open ground with scattered trees.
Lullula arborea, family Alaudidae
- ‘Along with the loss of heather and cottongrass, birds such as the nightjar, woodlark and stone curlew and animals including the adder, grass snake, and viviparous lizard have been put at risk.’
- ‘They ate in silence, listening to the song of a dunnock perched in a treetop and the sweeter warbling of the woodlark, and then Heruvael pulled out the slates and chalk he had packed.’
- ‘The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, meanwhile, says the Thames Basin is home to 264 male nightjars (about 8% of the bird's total numbers in the UK), 149 pairs of woodlark and 445 pairs of Dartford warblers.’
- ‘The Thames Basin Heaths proposed SPA, taken as a whole, supports an estimated 8%, 10% and 28% respectively of the GB breeding populations of (nightjar, woodlark and Dartford warbler).’
- ‘Mr Krause said an increase in heathland generally would increase the county's population of adders, rare butterflies, such as the Green Hairstreak and Purple Hairstreak, as well as nightjars and woodlarks.’
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