Grampian wader & wetland initiative
This project is monitoring wader populations across the Grampian region, advocating wildlife friendly farming and advising on Scottish Rural Development Priority payments.
- Short-term action to target priority breeding wader areas and work with agents and farmers to maximise management delivery
- Medium-term action will involve ensuring appropriate future management is taken up by farmers.
- Long-term action may involve advocating results for development of post-2013 support mechanisms, as part of the next Rural Development Programme.
The monitoring involved the standard three visits between late April and mid-June and more intensive breeding observations of lapwing on six farms. This involved locating a sample of nesting pairs and following through breeding attempts remotely to avoid disturbance, with particular focus on birds nesting within fields being managed as agri-environment options. Visits to each site were carried out approximately every two to five days. The aim of this monitoring was to attempt to establish whether fields being managed as part of a scheme were being used by breeding lapwing and whether these birds were producing young. In 2013, all 22 sites were surveyed again.