Two rare male woodlarks have been spotted in the heaths of East Devon after an absence of fifty years.
The RSPB says they were seen at its Aylesbeare Common reserve where they've been working on habitats.
The number of birds has declined by two thirds since the 1970s. Now there are hopes more males will return bringing females with them. Other species are also benefiting such as nightjars.
ABOUT THE WOODLARK
- the breed on heaths and their margins
- their nests are built on bare ground out of grass, bracken, roots and moss
- they are song birds
- primarily vegetarian, they also eat some insects