Lapwing - Vanellus vanellus


Also known as the Peewit after its call, is smartly dressed with a green back, white front and black bib, wonderfully finished off with a crest. In flight it is easy to identify, appearing black and white with rounded wings, usually in large flocks.

Identification difficulty

It is a farmland bird, seen mainly in fields.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

They grub around in short grassland, arable fields and marshy areas searching for worms and insects to eat. They breed on the ground, often in agricultural fields.

UK Status

This bird has declined in numbers and is now a Red List species.

VC55 Status

Numbers have declined in Leicestershire and Rutland in recent years

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map