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.