About birds

A focus on - Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus
UK Conservation Status: red
Number In Britain: 130 thousand Pairs in 2009
Maximum recorded age: 21 years 1 months 15 days (Recorded in 1987)
Habitat: Pasture, wet meadow, on migration estuaries
Diet: Invertebrates from ground
BirdTrends Report

Discover the latest bird trends

Get the big picture of what is happening to some of the UK's key bird species in the BirdTrends report.

Drawing on data from a number of schemes including the Breeding Bird Survey, Nest Record Scheme and Ringing Scheme, this annual report reveals which species are decreasing in numbers, which are booming and how breeding succes is changing over time.

BirdTrends now includes trends across habitats.

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Learn more about birds from BirdFacts

BirdFacts gives in depth information about all of the 580 species recorded in the wild in Britain. For each bird, BirdFacts provides details of Population and Distribution, Breeding and Survival and Biometrics, along with other fascinating facts.

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Cuckoo. Photograph by Edmund Fellowes

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