Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Lapwing are a medium sized wader with dark green upperparts, with flecks of purple. They have a black crest, which is larger in males during the summer months. Lapwing have a distinctive flight, with broad wings and slow wingbeats.
They are commonest in the North of UK, but move in large number to the South during the winter. European birds will also migrate across to the UK. Their preferred habitat is arable fields, salt marshes and coastal margins.
Call is a peewit often during flight
Lapwing are on the Red List for Birds of Conservation Concern.