Their official Latin name is Vanellus meaning ‘little fan’ that refers to their flopping, flapping flight, while the name lapwing itself derives from an Old English term meaning ‘leap with a flicker in it’.
Many return to Europe to breed at this time of year, but here in the UK, we are lucky to see pairs who have chosen to stay put and nest along our shores and in open farmland. While the males perform, females can be spotted on their nests - simple scrapes in the mud or sand from where they like to have a good view of any potential predator. Here, they will nurture, usually batches of four, well-camouflaged eggs. Both parents take responsibility for guarding the nest from predators, who they will fly at in ferocious defence or lure away from the nest with distracting flight displays.