About the lapwing

The RSPB has the lapwing on its endangered Red List. Photo: Mike Caiden

The lapwings used to be a familiar farm bird in the UK but now the RSPB is so concerned about its decline in numbers, the species has been included on the charity's Red List. That means its breeding population has fallen by over 50%.

The lapwing is so-named because of its wavering flight. It is also known as the peewit, which is an imitation of its display calls, while it's Latin name is Vanellus vanellus.

They are often found on farmland, particularly in lowland areas in Northern England and parts of Scotland. The lapwing appears in Britain throughout the year though they are much more common in the winter when lots of the birds arrive from Northern Europe. They live off worms and insects.