Thursday, 9 October 2014

Parc Slip Lapwing Revival Project


The Lapwing is an iconic farmland bird which has undergone drastic declines in populations as a result of loss of breeding habitat. Today the lapwing is a U.K. and Wales priority species requiring urgent positive action.

Over the next few months, we will be working hard to reverse the decline at Parc Slip Nature Reserve, through a series of habitat creation and management projects. These will include 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 in Bridgend.


One of the objectives of the project is to remove scrub from breeding grounds. Lapwings nest away from scrub as it harbours predators. Therefore the removal of scrub in key breeding sites increases the overall suitability of the nesting ground. Over the past 10-15 years the main breeding grounds and other outlier sites at Parc Slip have become encroached with scrub and immature woodland and we need your help to remove it! 

We are looking for Lapwing Champions to help us with this project. By helping the Wildlife Trust with this project, you will gain:

•Practical experience of habitat management, including scrub clearance and scrape creation. 
•Official certificates presented to Lapwing Champions who complete more than five work parties.
•Enjoyable days working with like minded people to help conserve the lapwing.

If you would like to help us with this project, send Rose an email or ring 01656 724100 to register as a volunteer or come along to our next Lapwing Conservation Day on Friday 10th October 2014 at 10:30am.