A farmland bird which has declined greatly due to agricultural changes – notably the switch from spring-sown to autumn-sown cereals, drainage of wetlands and the move from hay to silage. In southern England at least, Lapwings have become, as breeding birds, much more concentrated on nature reserves.
But there you will still hear the peee-wit of the Peewit. Don’t you think that Peewit is a much nicer name than Lapwing? And certainly than Northern Lapwing which is what we’re supposed to call this bird now.
Here’s its song. First from a bird in Estonia:
…and this is a Dutch recording:
And here is a bird from Surrey, England:
Peewit! It’s as simple as that.