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Usually seen only on migration in spring an autumn in Dorset



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 Ruff
Scientific Name Philomachus pugnax
Status Scarce
Interest Level
Species Family Plovers
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Mudflats
Look for Tall, elegant wader with a reddish brown neck and breast
Additional Identification Notes
  • Mainly seen on migration in autumn can be seen in winter and early spring
  • Not common in Dorset with only a small number reported each year
  • Could be mistaken for a godwit but it has a much shorter bill