Study

Bird use of cultivated fallow 'lapwing plots' within English agri-environment schemes

  • Published source details Chamberlain D., Gough S., Anderson G., MacDonald M., Grice P. & Vickery J. (2009) Bird use of cultivated fallow 'lapwing plots' within English agri-environment schemes. Bird Study, 56, 289-297.

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Leave uncropped, cultivated margins or plots, including lapwing and stone curlew plots

Action Link
Bird Conservation

Leave cultivated, uncropped margins or plots (includes 'lapwing plots')

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Farmland Conservation
  1. Leave uncropped, cultivated margins or plots, including lapwing and stone curlew plots

    A replicated study in 2007 (Chamberlain et al. 2009) found that northern lapwings Vanellus vanellus used 39% of 212 lapwing plots on 180 farms across England, with breeding suspected on 25% of plots. In addition, Eurasian skylark Alauda arvensis, grey partridge Perdix perdix and yellow wagtail Motacilla flava were recorded breeding in 73%, 17% and 6% of plots respectively. There were no significant differences in lapwing occurrence or breeding in plots managed under Higher Level Stewardship compared with those under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Lapwing occurrence decreased if there was woodland adjacent, and the probability of breeding increased with the proportion of bare ground present on plots. Skylarks were less likely to be found on plots near hedgerows.

     

  2. Leave cultivated, uncropped margins or plots (includes 'lapwing plots')

    A replicated study in 2007 (Chamberlain et al. 2009) found that northern lapwing Vanellus vanellus used 39% of 212 lapwing plots on 180 farms across England, with breeding suspected on 25% of plots. In addition, Eurasian skylark Alauda arvensis, grey partridge Perdix perdix and yellow wagtail Motacilla flava were recorded breeding in 73%, 17% and 6% of plots respectively. There were no significant differences in lapwing occurrence or breeding in plots managed under Higher Level Stewardship compared with those under the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. Lapwing occurrence decreased if there was woodland adjacent, and the probability of breeding increased with the proportion of bare ground present on plots. Skylarks were less likely to be found on plots near hedgerows.

     

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