Lapwings are decreasing in population, and it’s easy to tell why. With their habitat destruction, limited food availability, and increased egg hunting, the birds are challenged to thrive with these destructive activities.

In Friesland, Lapwing egg hunting has been a tradition. This went on for decades before it was later found out that the species’ population is alarming. Being a cultural heritage, many locals raised their eyebrows when the ban against lapwing egg hunting was lifted. They believe that such tradition must live on, especially when it has been a part and parcel of the Frisian culture.

But if there’s anything that needs to thrive, it’s the lapwing birds.

Like any other living creatures, these birds deserve proper protection. They deserve a better place to live. In a world where destruction seems fastidious, may we learn to acknowledge all animals, big and small, and respect them in their habitats.

So what causes the lapwing’s population to decrease?

Here are the factors presented by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB):

The early declines were caused by a large scale collection of eggs for food. Introduction of the Lapwing Act in 1926 prohibited this and was followed by a considerable recovery in bird numbers.

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Farming

Since the 1940s, lapwing declines have been driven by large-scale changes to farming. Large areas of grassland were converted to arable, marginal land was drained and improved, and chemicals were introduced for fertilisers and pest control with increasing reliance on them. By 1960, the lapwing population had stabilised at a lower level.

Another sharp and sustained decline started in the mid-1980s, with range contractions in south-west England and in parts of Wales. This followed further intensification and specialisation – abandonment of rotations, switch from spring to autumn sown crops, increased drainage, increased use of agrochemicals.

Reduced Food Availability

Such changes have resulted in much of the arable land becoming unsuitable for nesting by April because the crop grows too high. Tillage, drainage, and pesticides have also caused a reduction in food availability.

As pasture land is improved, the resulting increased risk of trampling by livestock, earlier cutting for silage and lower food availability have affected lapwings adversely.

There’s a Way You Can Help

Save the Lapwing Eggs Organization has a goal to better protect the young birds. We raise awareness, discussions, and other informative conquests to keep everyone informed and inspired to do the right thing.

We have partnered with several organizations and got support from a variety of concerned individuals. We always have rooms for new volunteers, donors, and support groups. If you wish to join us in our journey of protecting these birds, kindly call us.

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