The Lapwing

Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus) at Chidswell Heybeck

Tumbling aerobatic displays, a whirring hum of the wing and a ‘pee-wit’ song. Courtship at Chidswell and Heybeck, lapwing style.

Red Listed, this dandy bird is one of the most threatened species in the UK.

The mosaic of habitats at Chidswell and Heybeck are ideal for lapwings as they are particularly fond of farmland in lowland areas of northern England and Scotland. In the breeding season they prefer spring sown cereals, root crops, permanent unimproved pasture, meadows and fallow fields. They can also be found on wetlands with short vegetation. In winter they flock on pasture and ploughed fields.

All of which is currently there for them at Chidswell and Heybeck.

A member of the Plovers family, lapwings feed on earthworms, leatherjackets, beetles, flies, moth caterpillars, ants, spiders, small frogs, snails and plants.

They nest on the ground from March. The oldest known ringed lapwing lived to be 21 years old!

Lapwings are here at Chidswell and Heybeck!

Let’s keep a home for the lapwing here!

Information source: and the RSPB Handbook of British Birds

For more information about lapwings click here to open a new tab on the RSPB website

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