26 February 1999

Lapwing numbers drop

NUMBERS of breeding lapwings in England and Wales have dropped by almost half in the past 11 years, with changes in agriculture blamed as the main cause.

A report by the British Trust for Ornithology and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds showed that the position was worst in Wales where about three-quarters of the lapwing population had been lost.

The report says the decline is related to the intensification of arable and grassland farming. &#42