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After years of decline lapwing and redshank numbers in north Kent have hit a record high

PUBLISHED: 13:13 24 September 2015

Lapwing chick... number in north Kent are on the up

Lapwing chick... number in north Kent are on the up

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Shorne and Higham Marshes home to highest numbers of breeding birds

Following years of dramatic decline across the UK, the tide, finally, seems to have turned for lapwing and redshank in north Kent, as 2015 saw both species hit a record high with 213 and 259 breeding pairs respectively on RSPB reserves.

This boost in numbers is mainly due to improved habitat management as well as creation of new habitat in the region, and the RSPB has played a major role in this vital work.

The number of lapwing on RSPB reserves in north Kent has increased by 179 pairs over the last 10 years, making it an increase by an incredible 526 per cent. For redshank, the increase has been 194 pairs (equalling 298 per cent).

Alan Johnson, RSPB conservation manager for the south east, said: “I am absolutely delighted with this fantastic result which clearly shows what can be achieved when the RSPB, farmers and other organisations work together to protect vulnerable breeding birds like lapwing and redshank.

“Breeding waders are fantastically enigmatic creatures and this is a genuine conservation success story we can build on going forward in the South East”.

Numbers of breeding lapwing and redshank were highest at Shorne and Higham Marshes as well as at Great Bells Farm. The vast majority of breeding waders in the south east breed on the North Kent Marshes


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