Lapwings benefit from recent management work

Lapwings were once a common sight of lowland farms and mosses but this familiar looking (and sounding!) bird has suffered huge declines in recent years and is now Red Listed. Lapwings tend to nest around 'scrapes' in low-lying fields with open areas of shallow water and can occasionally be seen around the edges of Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses. Some juveniles were photographed by local photographer Stephen Barlow in the past week- in the linear cell dams that have been installed to help control water levels on the mosses and surrounding land.

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The area of Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses combined is the third largest area of raised peat bog in Britain. On average, 1 hectare of peatland can store 10 times more carbon than 1 hectare of woodland

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