A wide range of birds can be found on farmland across the South Downs. They can be split into two groups - Generalists and Specialists.
Generalists are those species that use farmland for breeding and/or feeding but are not solely dependent upon it. They include woodpigeon, greenfinch and goldfinch.
Specialists are those birds that are solely reliant upon farmland for their breeding and feeding requirements. They include grey partridge, lapwing, yellowhammer and skylark.
The Specialists have fared worse over the last 40 years, and it is these birds that will benefit most from targeted conservation measures.
- Click the pictures to find out more about identifying these South Downs birds
- Follow the links to find out more about what these birds need and how to encourage them on your land
Barn owl advisory sheet - RSPB
Images – corn bunting ©Andy Hay (rspb-images.com), grey partridge ©Des Sussex, lapwing ©Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com), linnet ©RSPB (rspb-images.com), skylark ©Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com), stone-curlew ©Andy Hay (rspb-images.com), turtle dove ©Andy Hay (rspb-images.com), yellowhammer ©Andy Hay (rspb-images.com), barn owl © John Bridges (rspb-images.com)
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