Lark Rise Farm

400+ acres
Mosaic arable farm

Tim Scott and IvyThe 400 acres that makes up Lark Rise Farm all began with the purchase of one small field thanks to donations following an article in The Telegraph in 1993 by CRT founder Robin Page. It has grown considerably over the years and has been given a Redlist Revival Award for  'Highest Density of Grey Partridge’. In addition, we have many other Redlist species of conservation concern including song thrush, yellowhammer, linnet and – as the farm's name would suggest – an abundance of skylarks.

In the summer months, the fields are awash with colour. High numbers of butterfly species feed on the wealth of wildflowers and it is hard to believe how close we are to the city of Cambridge and the busy M11 motorway.

Together with volunteers and wildlife monitors, tenant farmer Tim Scott has used a wide variety of sensitive farming methods to transform the fields from an intensively farmed wildlife desert into a productive farm that teems with wildlife. Tim Scott also works with Syngenta, trialling innovative sprays to produce high crop yields without affecting the flora and fauna.

Keep your eyes open for breeding birds that are considered rare, such as barn owls, farmland flowers including bee orchids, brown hares – they’re everywhere – and signs of water voles in the brook. 

All these species are here as a result of wildlife-friendly farming methods such as smaller field sizes, crop rotation, leaving over-wintering stubble, beetle banks, wildlife strips, waterway maintenance and the planting of over 4.5 miles of new hedgerows, with the aid of numerous volunteers.

Highlight species 


Grey partridgeGrey Partridge at CRT Lark Rise Farm

YellowhammerYellowhammer on a branch Geoff Harries

UK conservation status: Red  

UK conservation status: Red 

UK conservation status: Red 

Other notable species 


Corn bunting
Reed bunting
UK conservation status: Red  UK conservation status: Red  UK conservation status: Amber 
Common Kestrel  Redwing Whitethroat Whitethroat
UK conservation status: Amber  UK conservation status: Amber  UK conservation status: Green   
Barn owlBarn Owl at CRT Lark Rise Farm
 Green woodpecker  
UK conservation status: Green  UK conservation status: Green    

Exceptional records

Great grey shrike
Great Grey Shrike
Long-eared owl
Long-eared owl
UK conservation status:    Not assessed UK conservation status: Green  

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