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Apr 28, 2015

Northern Lapwings in prison

Northern Lapwing
Vanellus vanellus
Photo by Niall Carson / PA
Surrounded by starlings, a nesting Northern Lapwing (above), one of the world's most threatened birds, has found a sanctuary in Maghaberry Prison, used for housing Northern Ireland's most dangerous inmates.   Prisoners, sentenced to life, helped create the habitat for 20 pairs of breeding lapwings which have made their home at Her Majesty's Prison Maghaberry, on a marshy, no-man's-land dominated by razor wire and lookouts behind reinforced glass.   The site is 20 kilometres southwest of Belfast.   
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