The ballet comes to Kineton

Around 150 lapwings were seen swirling and swivelling their way down into a field on the borders of Kineton and the military base. These days you just don’t get to see lapwings in groups like that (unless you’re at Minsmere or Slimbridge…) and it would have been easy to casually dismiss them as jackdaws. But their unmistakeable ballet-like pirouetting, silhouetted against a pale sky, made this a special sighting. Flocks like this were once seen all over the country but drainage and land improvement have had severe impacts on many waders. Let’s hope they hang around – listen out for the famous peewit-peewit call.

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