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Birds by name
Conservation status: Green
A small plover with a distinctive black and white head pattern, similar to ringed plover. It has a black beak and pale (not orange) legs. Close views reveal a distinctive yellow eye-ring. In flight it shows a plain brown wing without the white wingbar that ringed plover has. It first bred in the UK in 1938 and since then has successfully colonised a large part of England and Wales thanks to man-made habitats such as gravel pits.
Plovers and lapwings (Charadriidae)
Virtually confined to England and Wales, uncommon in the latter and very occasionally in Scotland. Gravel pits, reservoirs, sewage works and shingle river banks are all worth checking for this wading bird.
Arrives in the UK in March and leaves again in late June and July.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.