Brent Heath said there were hundreds of quail coveys in the fields of Ware Neck when he was a teenager, but it’s now rare to spot one of the charming songbirds with the distinctive "bob-white" call. Becky Heath said the family-owned business is actively trying to turn the perimeter of the daffodil farm into prime nesting habitat for quail.
Initiated by Blair Farinholt of Ware Neck, the quail habitat restoration effort in Gloucester consists of planting quail-friendly grasses and shrubs on contiguous or near-contiguous properties to accommodate the bird’s wide-ranging feeding and ground nesting habits.
Becky said that young quail can neither move through the popular lawn grass Kentucky 31 fescue grown here nor feed themselves on it. Farming practices have destroyed the kinds of hedgerows in which quail thrive, and the edges of wooded areas often no longer have the kinds of plants that produce seed that quail and other songbirds enjoy.