One of the most difficult birds to catch when using standard ringing techniques is the Skylark, Alauda arvensis. There are a lot of reasons for this: they inhabit the centre of fields; they fly up vertically to sing; they drop more or less straight down and then run along through the vegetation to their nest, there really is little opportunity to catch them.
The group has only caught a total of 22 since it came into existence, and none since the end of 2012.
Jonny decided to try out a technique that we have been discussing for a while: drag netting. He co-opted a couple of helpers to handle the net and he followed behind to control the operation and to handle anything that they managed to catch in the net.
Not just once, but twice! It is turning into a very interesting February.