North Pennines lapwing recovery project
The North Pennines is a stronghold for breeding lapwings which have declined in the last few decades. This project was set up to monitor lapwings and record any changes in population size and breeding success in response to trial land management.
- To establish what constraints may prevent lapwing populations from recovering.
- To determine which forms of management are most successful in reversing lapwing decline in the upland areas of the North Pennines.
- To devise best practice for upland farming in the North Pennines.
- To inform the future development of agri-environment schemes nationally.
- From 2007-2010, breeding lapwings have been monitored 39 sites across the North Pennines encompassing more than 50 farms. The survey area encompassed 356 fields and an area in excess of 20 square kilometres. In 2010 alone, almost 470 hours were spent surveying.
- Monitoring in 2007 and 2008 collected baseline data prior to the start of trial management.
- In 2008, the project was awarded funding from the SITA Trust to carry out trial management.
- From 2009 onwards, approximately half the monitored sites were managed either through SITA Trust funding or Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) to improve the habitat for breeding lapwings.
- This project has been supported by Natural England and the SITA Trust. The SITA Trust makes awards through the Landfill Communities Fund. SITA Trust provides funding to improve biodiversity and the environment around landfill sites throughout England. SITA Trust receives its funding from the waste management company SITA UK.