- Artist: Mary McGrath
- Dimensions: 36 x 30 cm (14.2 x 11.8 inches)
Ireland’s National Bird. Like many other ground-nesting birds, the lapwing has suffered major declines over the last forty years due to the loss of wetland habitat and changes in farming practices. The bird is now red-listed on the Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland and is a Northern Ireland priority species because of its decline, rarity and importance. This year thanks to conservation efforts two pairs of Lapwing nested successfully in Co Down after a gap of many years.