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Ringed plover

What am I?

I am a small wading bird.

Where do I come from?

Lots of us breed on the UK coasts, including in Hampshire, and spend the winter nearby. Larger numbers of us can be seen in autumn and spring as we travel through Britain from/to our northern breeding grounds of Greenland, Iceland and Scandinavia.

A bit about me

In my adult outfit, I wear a black scarf round my neck, this is really useful for identifying me from other small waders. You will usually see me running really fast on sandy beaches!

My feathers are a light brown on top which means I am very well camouflaged from aerial predators, this also means I’m hard for people to spot, watch out for me please. I’m much smaller than other plovers like the Grey Plover and the Lapwing. You will usually see me running really fast on sandy or shingle beaches searching for food like flies, spiders, worms, crustaceans and molluscs

Local spotlight

We are not as common as some of the other well known waders on the Solent coast, plus we are hard to spot because we are so small. There are less than 1500 of us in the area.

Conservation status

I’m red listed in the UK

I’m a qualifying feature for the Solent and Southampton Water and Chichester and Langstone Harbours Special Protection Areas – that means, when these sites were designated, a nationally significant number of us used these awesome coastlines!

Fun fact

We have a very special trick when we feed… we tremble our feet to make the wet sand more fluid, this makes prey float to the surface so we can eat them.