Lapwings at Parc Slip

Lapwing Kevin Head

Lapwing Kevin Head

If you have visited Parc Slip Nature Reserve you may have noticed that the coffee shop windows are adorned with pictures of the iconic Lapwing, a farmland bird that was once thriving successfully at Parc Slip.

Lapwing by MJ Clark

Lapwing on Parc Slip by MJ Clark

Unfortunately Lapwings are becoming a less common sight in Britain as their breeding habitat has been lost and today the lapwing is a U.K. and Wales priority species requiring urgent positive action.

So over the next few months we are going to be springing into action to improve the habitat here at Parc Slip for Lapwing so that we might once again see many of these beautiful birds on the Nature Reserve.

We will be creating new habitat, such as cryptic nesting sites and scrapes, and restoring old habitat by removing the scrub and immature woodland that has encroached on it.

In addition to the practical habitat management and creation, the project will also undertake research and monitoring on the reserve and in the wider landscape to better understand and conserve the species in Bridgend.

Beginning on Friday 2nd October and continuing every Friday until Christmas, we will be working with volunteers to carry out this vital Lapwing conservation, and we are looking for Lapwing Champions to join the team. By helping the Wildlife Trust with this project, you will gain:Lapwing habitat work

•Practical experience of habitat management, including scrub clearance and scrape creation.
•Official certificates presented to Lapwing Champions who complete more than five work parties.
•Enjoyable days working with like minded people to help conserve the lapwing.

If you would like to help us with this project, send Lorna (l.baggett@welshwildlife.org) an email to register as a volunteer or come along to our next Lapwing Conservation Day. All the dates for Lapwing Conservation Days can be found on our events page.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our Lapwing Conservation Days soon!