Skylarks nest on the meadows each year and the constant sound of their wonderful song during the summer months inspired local people to give the fields their name. They are cut for hay in late summer and the regrowth is then grazed by cattle or sheep. In the summer it is full of buttercups, like a sea of gold.
Species to spot
Best time to see: All year
Male skylarks can be spotted rising almost vertically from the ground, hovering and singing from a great height before parachuting back down to earth. Despite their aerial activities, skylarks nest on the ground, laying three to four eggs. Image (c) Stefan Johansson
Best time to see: June - Aug.
Large and daisy-like, the oxeye tends to bloom around midsummer and in fact is called the Sunnwendbleaml - or 'solstice flower' - in Austria. Before the 16th century it was known as the 'Moon Daisy' or 'Dog Daisy'.