The meadow pipit is one of the most common bird species in Ireland. It suffered badly in the cold winters in 2009/2010/2011, and presumably also had a hard time in 2018. This has led to significant decline in the population in Ireland, to the extent that it has been red-listed, but looks like it has been recovering well.
The meadow pipit prefers rough pastures and upland sites. It is a relatively nondescript bird, with few features that distinguish it from other similar species. It feeds mainly on insects and invertebrates.