Threatened Lapwing Given Urgently Needed Support

A vital Lapwing revival project will be undertaken at Parc Slip Nature Reserve, on the outskirts of Bridgend, thanks to a Landfill Communities Fund grant of £26,060 from SITA Trust.

Lapwing by MJ Clark

Lapwing on Parc Slip by MJ Clark

Parc Slip Nature Reserve is owned and managed by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW). The reserve is a restored opencast site consisting of a mixture of meadows, wetlands and woodland. Thanks to this funding one of the key species on the reserve, the Lapwing, will be receiving a major boost over the next few months.

Vaughn Matthews, Conservation Officer for WTSWW said “We are delighted that this funding has enabled us to carry out work to benefit such a beautiful and evocative species and we are looking forward to seeing an increase in breeding pairs at Parc Slip in the coming years”

The Lapwing is an iconic farmland bird which has undergone drastic declines in populations across the UK as a result of loss of breeding habitat. Today the lapwing is a U.K. and Wales priority species requiring urgent positive action. To reverse the decline at Parc Slip Nature Reserve, a series of habitat creation and management projects will soon be implemented. These will range from the creation of wetland scrapes and cryptic nesting sites to the appropriate management of wetlands, meadows and arable fields. 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 around Bridgend.

There will be plenty of opportunities for people to get involved in helping out with the project at Parc Slip; we are looking for keen volunteers to help with practical management on the reserve and we will be running regular workparty days – see www.welshwildlife.org/events/ for dates.

SITA trust logoJools Granville of SITA Trust added “This project focuses on a reserve, which in the past has supported up to 15 pairs of breeding Lapwing. This number has declined, following the national pattern. As a ground nesting bird the Lapwing needs quite an open site for nesting, where dense vegetation and scrub does not provide cover for predators. Lapwing also like shallow scrapes and wet areas where chicks can feed. WTSWW will reduce scrub levels, create additional scrapes and nesting substrate which should lead to an increase in Lapwing at the site. We are delighted to have been able to support its work through the Landfill Communities Fund.”

SITA Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.3 billion.