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Species promotion – Eurasian Skylark

Protection and promotion for the “minstrel of the air”

The Eurasian Skylark is originally a steppe bird. It prefers open cultivated land with short and sparse vegetation, keeping its distance from tall structures such as trees, copses and settlements. Since the 1970s, the intensification of agricultural land use has resulted in declining populations in large parts of Europe. In Switzerland, too, the Eurasian Skylark population has been in a state of steady decline since the 1990s, and the species has disappeared from many areas. It is now classified as vulnerable on the Red List of endangered bird species in Switzerland.

Domain Conservation
Unit Agricultural Habitats
Topic Species Recovery, Habitat Promotion
Habitat farmland, meadows and pastures
Project start 2012
Project status ongoing
Project management Judith Zellweger-Fischer
Project region Aargau, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Grisons, Lucerne, Schaffhausen, Thurgau, Vaud, Valais


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Betroffene Vogelarten

Bird species
Eurasian Skylark
Poets have praised the Eurasian Skylark as the harbinger of spring and minstrel of the air due to its song – an endless flow of trilling and jubilant notes. A spring morning in open farmland, in which the air is filled with Skylark song, remains unforgettable. In song flight, the male climbs high...
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Other resources
TV report
Wiesenbrüterausstellung (in German)
Wo die Feldlerche gefördert werden kann (in German)
Die Feldlerche – eine Bodenbrüterin am Boden (in German)
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Faktenblatt Agroforst (in German)
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Faktenblatt Feldlerchen fördern (in German)
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Leitartenkarte Feldlerche (in German)
Die Feldlerche (in German)
Video Feldlerche Birrfeld AG (in German)
Die Feldlerche (in German)
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Agricultural habitats

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