Heads of the Valleys lapwing project
The Heads of the Valleys area has been identified as a Key Area for lapwing, supporting approximately 10 per cent of the Welsh population. Reclaimed coal tips, characteristic of the area, have provided ideal nesting habitat for these birds.
- To restore/create network of secure lapwing breeding sites.
- To provide conservation management advice to planners, developers and land managers.
- To raise awareness of lapwing conservation issues in the local area.
- May 2008 - First pair of lapwing breeding at Parc Bryn Bach, mitigation site for loss of a nearby large lapwing breeding colony.
- Continued working with developers and landowners to manage habitats for lapwing.
- Production of a ‘Heads of the Valleys Lapwing Strategy’ to be taken up by local authorities and key partner organisations.
- Data gathered during 2007 and 2008 has identified presence of approx. 60 pairs.
- Lapwing productivity within the area has been estimated at 0.2 fledged chicks per pair, which is well below the 0.7 required to maintain a stable population.
- Wales Assembly Government
- Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council