A local employee alerted us to a bird with it’s egg in the car park who becomes very distressed when you walk by. Further investigation by our Ecologists revealed that a pair of Lapwings have laid two eggs on mulch in the car park in the Quad Business Park.
Masked Lapwings are very vocal and good parents, listening to the level of anxiety of the adults will tell you how close to a chick you are. The chicks should hatch in a couple of weeks and the parents will move the very mobile babies away from the nest.
A big thank you goes out to our friends at Quad Business Park, who have reserved the nearby spot to give these birds some space. Carpark users will have to be cautious of these little creatures as the young chicks’ first defence is to lay still where ever they are and rely on camoflauge – this may be the middle of the road! The following picture shows you what the chicks will look like when they hatch.