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RSPB South Downs Lapwing survey request for records

This breeding season, the RSPB, in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority, is undertaking a survey to establish the number of breeding lapwing on the chalk soils of the South Downs.

Following similar surveys in 2002 and 2007, which discovered 119 and 123 pairs respectively, this provides a fantastic opportunity to track the fortunes of this important population. Despite a background of national decline, the stable numbers between 2002 and 2007 highlight the importance of the South Downs landscape for this iconic farmland bird.

By establishing the number of breeding birds, and where they are choosing to nest, we can use the information to continue our work with farmers and landowners to provide suitable habitat and give them every chance of success.

If you are out birding on the South Downs and see breeding lapwing this spring, we would love to hear from you. Information such as location (grid reference ideally), habitat, number of birds present and activity can be sent by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or records phoned in to 01273 763555.


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