Agricultural land is another important and often forgotten habitat within and surrounding Cannock Chase AONB. Positive farming management methods encourage the maintenance, restoration and creation of flowerrich grasslands and field margins, as well as woodlands, wildlife ponds, ditches and hedgerows.
Improving these vital links and ‘corridors’ between different habitat areas will increase the range of species they support.
Skylark – mainly feeds on agricultural land. It is a rare, ground nesting bird with nests located amongst the Chase grasslands from April to July. Nesting skylarks are difficult to see and can be easily disturbed by the dogs of unaware owners. Such disturbance can cause the birds to abandon their nests. Adult skylarks have a distinctive song and can be seen hovering high in the sky.