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Bowland’s nationally important populations of breeding lapwings, curlews, redshanks and snipe are declining. This is due to landscape-scale drainage of fields that used to be damp and boggy, and intensification of grassland management.
Traditionally managed, late-cut, diverse hay meadows have been replaced with early cut monocultures of rye grass silage. As a result, Bowland’s wading birds have fewer areas in which to feed and successfully raise their chicks.
However, many farms still have areas where a more traditional farming style survives, and the birds continue to do well here - maintaining and increasing these important populations is key to halting their declines.
Encouraging farmers and landowners to enter land into agri-environment schemes ensures that these valuable habitats are managed sympathetically for these birds.
Gavin ThomasBowland Wader Project OfficerE-mail: email@example.com
Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Lancashire County Council
Ribble Rivers Trust
Ribble Valley Borough Council
Wyre Borough Council