Avocet turning eggs in nest.

Conservation action

The avocet is included on the Amber List of UK birds of conservation concern

Protecting avocets

The avocet is on the Amber List due to its localised distribution in Britain and elsewhere in Europe. 

Most of the British birds nest within reserves, where the management of brackish lagoons is tailored to the birds’ requirements, and where they are safe from human disturbance. 

Protection of wintering birds on estuaries such as the Exe requires the involvement of other organisations and private individuals, and forms a part of broader scale estuary conservation and management plans.

Minsmere RSPB Reserve, Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta flying over pools.