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Bar-tailed Godwit

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Over winter every year in Poole Harbour but in far fewer numbers than black-tailed godwits



Photograph by: 
Ian Ballam

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Bar-tailed Godwit
Scientific Name Limosa lapponica
Status Occasional
Interest Level
Species Family Sandpipers
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Mudflats
Look for The long straight bill then look for differences with black-tailed godwit
Additional Identification Notes
  • Far less common in Dorset than its cousin the black-tailed godwit
  • A wintering species in small numbers
  • Slightly smaller than the black-tailed and with a shorter neck but the main difference can be seen when they fly as it lacks the black 'tail' of its counterpart