Thursday, 14 May 2015

In decline ...

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)


The spectacular tumbling display of the male bird, along with its elegant crest and characteristic ee-wit call, make the Lapwing one of our most conspicuous waders. Historically their eggs were collected for food, but the problems they face today are much more complex and these familiar plovers are now on the list of our most threatened birds - with changes in farming practices being the main cause of this decline. Targeted conservation work on individual farms in Sussex and elsewhere have brought impressive increases in breeding pairs, but there are not enough of these intensive schemes to make a difference on a landscape and population scale. Success on nature reserves is at best patchy and any recovery of the Lapwing, if it ever happens, looks likely to be slow.

A beautiful bird which provides fond childhood memories ...

References:

Barfield, C., 2014. Lapwing. The Birds of Sussex. Thetford: British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Books on behalf of the Sussex Ornithological Society, pp. 243-245.
Pepper, R.T., 1996. Lapwing. Birds of Sussex. Sussex Ornithological Society, pp. 244-246.

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