Lapwing - Vanellus vanellus
This species is the primary focus of many of the conservation measures being undertaken on the farm. It can be seen in all months, although its appearances can be erratic from late summer until early winter. Flocks frequently take advantage of the undisturbed floods during the mid-late winter with recent counts reaching 1100 (December 2012). Disappointingly despite the efforts to provide optimum conditions for Lapwings, the breeding population has declined from a peak of 26 pairs in 2011 to a depressing low of five pairs in 2015. In the early years productivity was very good, but continuing poor productivity has been a key driver of declines in recent years.
Photo courtesy of Chris Bradshaw.