They're hanging on...just!
With possibly only 3 breeding pairs left, have we finally reached the tipping point for the Skylarks of Wanstead? This is a plea to the visitors of Wanstead Flats to please, please stick to the main footpaths which lead around the Flats and dog owners please keep your pets on a lead (or at least under control) as this is now the critical time for our remaining ground nesting birds.
Understandably Wanstead Flats has become a bit of magnet for many more people during this period of lockdown, as everyone makes use of their right to daily exercise as we all continue the fight against the dreadful Covid-19 virus - but could the additional footfall end the Skylarks reign?
The key to saving the Skylark, and the message is simple, 'Keep To The Main Paths' - do this and the Skylark has half a chance and their wonderful song will hopefully continue to fill the skies of east London...