With beautiful green and purple iridescent plumage and distinctive crest, the lapwing can be seen on open farmland, mudflats and meadows. Large flocks of immigrant birds can be seen in Norfolk in the autumn and winter.
The lapwing has suffered serious decline as a breeding species across the UK and is now Classified in the UK as Red under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015). Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. Listed as Near Threatened on the global IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
In Norfolk it is now largely confined to managed nature reserves where it enjoys good success. Very few now nest on farmland and this is believed to be due to the change to autumn sowing of crops, which results in crops being too tall for the lapwings to nest in come spring. Drainage of wetlands and a reduction in uncultivated grassland due to more intensive hill farming has also contributed to the overall decline.
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