The Second Ladybird book of British Birds #8 – The Lapwing

Here’s a Lapwing in a Ladybird book from 1955:

The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds - The Lapwing

Is what it says still true?

Its proper name, though seldom used, is the Green Plover

Lapwings have many folk and country names such as Teeick and Teeoo in Orkney, as well as their scientific one: Vanellus vanellus.

The Lapwing loves the open country and its nest is always placed in a position commanding a wide view

Lapwings certainly do love the open country. The open country doesn’t love them though, as changes to farming methods with autumn-sown rather than spring-sown crops mean there are fewer flat fields to lay their eggs.

Lapwings – forty years ago in my nature notebooks

As a teenager I sketched this Lapwing:

Lapwing - The Hall of Einar - (c) David Bailey (not the)

Here’s the equivalent digital photo now:

Lapwing - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The digital revolution has happened in my lifetime. How will technology change in the next forty years and what will its effect be on our appreciation of the natural world?

The Ladybird book continues:

In the mating season the Lapwing performs most marvellous aerobatics, taking headlong plunges to earth, then soaring again just when it seems certain it must be dashed to pieces.

They really are spectacular fliers:

Lapwings - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Here’s a grim reminder of the dangers they face:

Drive carefully

And a joyful reminder of them still flocking on Westray.

Lapwing - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

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