Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

STATUS AT LONGHAM LAKES

A regular winter visitor which has attempted to breed.

Breeding:
1. At least 4 pairs held territory on the partially flooded Quarry in April-May 2007, but any success they might have enjoyed was destroyed by workings.
2. 2 pairs held territory in 2008.
3. 2 pairs held territory. Small chick seen on 28th May 2009 (Trevor Thorpe).
4. 2 adults were with 3 well-grown chicks on Hampreston Fields on 24th July 2016 (Trevor Thorpe).

Wintering:
There are plenty of Lapwings wintering locally, and sometimes they visit the Lakes in large numbers. The flooded Quarry proved irresistible to these birds in winter 2006/07-2009/10, with a high count of 80 on 13th January 2007, and then the remarkable record of 166 on 13th February 2009, during a time of snow and frost.

Maximum numbers on site:

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2002 1
2003 1 40
2004 1 10 1
2005 40 2 1 48 60 1 200
2006 110 45 22 3 27 6
2007 80 41 5 8 10
2008 50 16 5 6 53 91 6
2009 73 166 3 4 2 1 7 110 70 86
2010 300 325 3 5 2 4 1 30 14 120 180
2011 60 2 3 6 2 5 27 50 1
2012 2 63 3 7 16 22
2013 57 70 10 3 17 7
2014 3 19 4 27 16 1 2
2015  1 4 7 6 47 1 30
2016 1  1 14 25 15 1 1
2017
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