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Group: 
Birds

Plovers tend to be stocky waders with short bills as they feed on or near the surface of the mud.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Little Ringed Plover

Charadrius budius
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A species that is becoming a little more common in Britain but very scarce in Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Ringed Plover

Charadrius hiaticula
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A winter visitor on muddy shores at low tide.


 

 

Kentish Plover

Charadrius alexandrinus
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Although found around much of the coast of mainland Europe it is a rare visitor to Dorset.


 

 

Photo by:
Internet Open Source

Dotterel

Charadrius morinellus
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Although a very small number breed in Scotland this is a very unusual visitor to Dorset even during migration times.


 

 

Photo by:
Brett Spencer

Golden Plover

Pluvialis apricaria
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Large wintering flocks were once common In the fields of Dorset but are far less so now


 

 

Photo by:
Martin Wood

Grey Plover

Pluvialis squatarola
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Mainly a winter visit to the shores of Poole and Christchurch harbours


 

Lapwing

Vanellus vanellus
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A winter visitor to Dorset, often in large flocks.

 

Ruff

Philomachus pugnax
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Usually seen only on migration in spring an autumn in Dorset


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam