Worlaby Carrs

Despite efforts to try and save Worlaby Carrs the land has been lost to the plough. Please see http://sandkspavin.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/the-end-of-worlaby-carrs.html

Our Original Story:

Many Yorkshire birdwatchers will have been to Worlaby Carrs, North Lincs to see the annual winter spectacle of short eared owls with up to 24 counted in the air at the same time.

Worlaby Carrs is rough pasture and has been left unworked since 2000 as part of a Higher Level Countryside Stewardship in an agreement between the owner and DEFRA. This agreement runs out on September 30, 2013 and the owner has indicated that he may plough the area up and plant arable crops.

If this happens, there is no suitable alternative in the area for the owls that arrive in October, then leave in March.

Other species that may be seen there include:

Hen and marsh harriers, kestrels, peregrines, merlins and both common and rough legged buzzards, snipe and other wading birds.

There is an e-petition for the Carrs to be preserved that you may be interested to sign:


It would be an inconceivable tragedy if this nationally, vitally important area of habitat was to be lost.