ARCHIVE: Set-aside and Environmental Benefits

Lapwing

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The Lapwing is also known as green plover or peewit. It tends to prefer undisturbed farmland and moors or other open country. The bird tends to look black and white from a distance but is actually an iridescent bottle-green on its upper-parts, with a crested head, and white under-parts. It is noted for its wailing cry. Lapwings have been declining in the UK over the last decade and they now have a High priority conservation status.

Lapwings are friends of the farmer and are now protected by Law. They require sparse ground cover next to a grassy area. Access to some damp areas may also help encourage them on to the land.

Discuss management plans with the RPA as special permission may be required.

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