Plovers in Britain

This is a video of a ringed plover at the Brouwersdam, the Netherlands.

From Wildlife Extra:

Mixed fortunes for ringed plovers – Little ones are thriving but large ones are not

13/01/2009 15:59:58

The BTO has published the results of the first UK-wide surveys of Ringed plovers and Little Ringed plovers since 1984. There’s good news for Little Ringed plovers (almost doubling numbers) but there were disappointing numbers of Ringed plover (dropping from an estimated 8617 pairs to 5438 pairs)

Spot the difference

If you are a birdwatcher in the UK, one of the key identification problems to learn is the difference between a Little Ringed plover and a Ringed plover. However, this may have become easier – the Little Ringed plover may be the one with the smile on its face! Life is much better for Little Ringed Plovers than it is for Ringed plovers. (The Little Ringed plover can be distinguished from the Ringed plover by its yellow eye-rings, no orange on the bill and no white bar in the wing).

Little Ringed plovers first bred in the UK in 1938, since when they have been well protected by conservationists. They often nest on nature reserves, and also at gravel pits, on industrial sites and on the shingle banks of rivers. According to the last BTO survey in 1984, the estimated population was between 608 and 631 pairs, but the 2007 survey came up with a figure of 1115 pairs. The core range of the species remains from southeast England, through the Midlands and into the northwest, but the species has spread further into Wales, northern England, and south and east Scotland since 1984.

Conserving & studying Australia’s endemic Hooded plover: here.

Endangered Hooded plover has good breeding season in New South Wales: here.

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