Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)
Where to see them
Estuaries and coastal lagoons are the best places to look for black-tailed godwits at almost any time of year, though they also visit wetland sites inland. We also have a small, vulnerable breeding population, on a select few wet meadows and marshes; they migrate to west Africa for winter. Birds from Iceland spend winter in the UK.
When to see them
It’s easiest to see black-tailed godwits from late summer through winter.
What they eat
Insects, worms and snails, but also some plants, beetles, grasshoppers and other small insects during the breeding season.
|Europe||UK breeding*||UK wintering*||UK passage*|
|99-140,000 pairs||54-57 pairs of the limosa 'Eurasian' subspecies, and 7-9 pairs of the islandica subspecies||44,000 birds from the Icelandic population||12,400 birds|