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RSPB Win­ter­bourne Downs, Salisbury

In the heart of Wilt­shire’s rolling chalk coun­try lies this work­ing farm, where for­mer arable fields are be­ing trans­formed into flower-rich grasslands. On a spring walk here, you may see sky­larks, yel­lowham­mers, lap­wings, lin­nets and grey par­tridges. bit.ly/2UOpiSJ

Thur­rock Thame­side Na­ture Park, Es­sex

Thanks to an Es­sex Wildlife Trust restora­tion project, a closed land­fill site has be­come a rich nat­u­ral haven. Rare wild­flow­ers flour­ish on top of decades of house­hold waste, and many vul­ner­a­ble birds now re­side here, in­clud­ing sky­larks and barn owls. bit.ly/2UPFR0z

Holkham NNR, Nor­folk

In the 1980s, this area was re-wet­ted and be­came valu­able for breed­ing waders and over­win­ter­ing wild­fowl, such as pink-footed geese and red­shank. Look out for marsh har­ri­ers ( above) and barn owls at dawn. bit.ly/2SilJaw

Vine House Farm, Lin­colnshire

This farm in Deep­ing Fen has put mea­sures in place to help de­clin­ing farm­land birds. Brick tow­ers have been built for barn owls to nest in and nest­boxes have been in­stalled. You can also see yel­lowham­mers here. bit.ly/2I6x5d8

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