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Action Plan:  Species
Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
UK Lead Organisation:
County Lead Organisation:
West Midland Bird Club
  • To halt the decline in the number and breeding distribution of lapwings.

  • Seek to consider the requirements of lapwing when establishing and reviewing agri-environment schemes. (DEFRA) 
  • To include specific targets for the restoration and recreation of lowland wet grassland within the LEAP process. (EA)
  • When developing Capital Flood Defence Schemes, seek to consider the use of floodplain grassland as natural flood storage and seek to re-designate areas as ‘washland’. (EA)
  • Ensure any examples of sites containing populations of this species and that meet the required criteria are given SBI status. (SBI Grading Committee)
Management, Monitoring, Research and Survey
  • Environmental Stewardship provides grant aid to farmers to encourage environmentally sensitive management.  Under the waterside land option it is possible to restore or recreate a range of wetland habitats and damp fields that could support breeding lapwing.  DEFRA and FWAG actively promote this scheme throughout the country.
    To target Environmental Stewardship (waterside option) at areas of former wet grassland in the Sow, Penk, Trent and Blithe floodplain. (DEFRA, FWAG, RSPB, NE)
  • Seek to promote an increase in the area of spring-sown crops, as opposed to autumn-sown crops, through new arable options within Environmental Stewardship. (DEFRA, FWAG, RSPB)
  • To ensure that Water Level Management Plans and their subsequent reviews for Doxey & Tillington Marshes, Baswich Meadows & Rawbones Meadow, Doley Common and Pasturefields Saltmarsh provide for the hydrological requirements of breeding lapwing. (EA, Sow & Penk IDB, SWT)
  • To ensure effective agreed management, covering agricultural practices and water level management, are in place on all SSSIs which formerly, currently, or have the potential to, support breeding lapwing. (NE)
  • To ensure that restoration of existing and future gravel pits in the Trent-Tame floodplain includes lowland wet grassland where appropriate. (Mineral Companies, CRP)
  • To promote good practice (i.e. shallow profile to ditch sides) and seek to enhance habitat conditions for breeding lapwing during routine maintenance of drainage infrastructure. (EA, Sow & Penk IDB)
  • Seek to encourage small scale ‘rewetting’ of individual fields, through the blocking of drains and grips, to encourage boggy conditions and shallow surface water for breeding lapwing. (DEFRA, FWAG, SWT, RSPB, Landowners)
  • Wherever possible, seek to promote low stocking densities on current and potential lapwing breeding fields, between March and the end of May. (DEFRA, FWAG, SWT, RSPB)
  • Promote full use of the new Multi-Annual Set Aside option to deliver 5 year management plans to benefit farmland birds including lapwing. (RSPB, DEFRA, FWAG)
  • To disseminate information on management for lapwing to advisors, drainage authorities, farmers and other land managers, through training and workshops. (RSPB, FWAG)
  •  RSPB have developed ‘Waders of Wet Meadows’ project, targeting Environmental Stewardship at land suitable for wet meadow management/restoration across the county.
  • Increase species awareness for the public and landowners through education, promotion and events. (SBAP Partnership)
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