STRI & Springwatch ‘Skylarking about’ in Kent
A very positive piece about golf and the environment, featuring Bob Taylor, Head of Ecology & Environment at STRI, was aired on Springwatch on 15 June, highlighting how flora and fauna are flourishing on golf courses in the UK.
The BBC team joined Bob down at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club and Royal St Georges Golf Club in Kent to study the wildlife. They saw a multitude of skylarks in full flight and song – a great message for the environment, as skylark numbers have been decreasing in previous years. Reporting for Springwatch Richard Taylor-Jones commented: “Clearly here is good skylark habitat, the reason for that is you’ve got these rough areas the birds like to nest in and next to these are fairways and greens, which are ideal skylark landing pads.”
In addition to the skylarks, the team also spotted and filmed wheatears, hen harriers, rabbits and green winged orchids, which thrive on sandy soils.
Bob who is passionate about how golf courses interact with the environment, said: “I believe that golf courses are nature reserves and a lot of golf clubs are taking on the responsibility of managing wildlife alongside golf. That’s fantastic because it brings about a much wider golfing experience to those that play.”
The Springwatch episode (click here to view) is available to view on BBC iPlayer until the 23 June – the above article starts at 51mins 30secs into the programme.
Contact STRI if you would like more information on our Ecology & Environment team and their support for golf courses.