It is predicted that without urgent action, this species may be lost from the parks. This would result in the loss of one of the closest populations of Skylark to central London.
Skylark populations across the UK have suffered recent and dramatic population declines, which has resulted in the bird appearing on RSPB's red list of 'Birds of Conservation Concern.'
To reduce the impacts on ground-nesting birds such as the Skylark, we require that all visitors keep dogs on short leads and stay on the paths during the nesting season (March – September) when walking through:
- Lawn Field and Crown Field in Richmond Park
- Hare Warren (to the north of the Royal Paddocks) in Bushy Park
Notices have been installed at the entrances to the 'dogs on leads' zones.
The Skylark is a fully protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended), which makes it an offence to kill, injure or take an adult Skylark, or to take, damage or destroy an active nest or its contents.
Any person found to be contravening these notices or contravening the Wildlife & Countryside Act could be liable for prosecution by order of the Secretary of State.