The lapwing is disappearing from Ireland’s and Europe’s farmland. Intensive agriculture dramatically reduces the unique bird’s habitat and food sources. The EU has to take action – with a new agricultural policy that puts the protection of nature over profits. In the coming months, the European Parliament will make far-reaching decisions about the future of the multi-billion euro subsidies. Give the lapwing and other threatened animals your voice by writing a message to your representatives. All you need is a smartphone, tablet or desktop.
The population of lapwings in Europe has been declining for decades - including Ireland. Sadly, the most recent Bird Atlas reported a 53% decrease in its breeding range in Ireland in the last 40 years. The main driver for this destructive development is the intensification of farming which eradicates wet meadows and extensively used grasslands. As a result, lapwings (which are also called green plovers and peewits), don’t find enough food and living space anymore.
Now is the time for action if we want to save lapwings, European hare, bumblebees and other farmland wildlife. Give them your voice by sending a message for your representatives in the EU Parliament. The EU needs to take action and change course towards nature-friendly farming.
Due to the Corona crisis, votes on the EU’s future Common Agricultural Policy have been pushed to autumn. However, important decisions are already taking place before the summer, so we need to speak up now.
Together with BirdLife Europe, BirdWatch Ireland is calling for comprehensive agricultural policy reform:
Space for Nature: We need more space for lapwing and other wildlife in the agricultural landscape – at minimum 10 percent of the acreage on each farm should to be set aside for biodiversity.
Money for Nature: We need to reward European farmers for protecting nature – with 15 billion euro per year.
Transition for Nature: We need subsidies that transform farming in Europe, not cement the destructive status quo – with a phased exit from direct subsidies purely based by acreage.
To learn more about our demands, click here.