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What am I?

I am a small wading bird.

Where do I come from?

I have bred in the Arctic circle, most of us in the Solent have come from Siberia.

A bit about me

You can find me scampering amongst the waves looking for marine worms, fish and even tiny jellyfish. I am silvery and white, so you can spot me twinkling along the beach, but watch out as I can just look like sea foam!

My sheer speed whilst I search for food in the waves is impressive, I am often compared to a child’s clockwork toy!

Local spotlight

I am relatively common to the Solent, but not in large numbers as there are not many of us in the UK.

Conservation status

I’m amber listed in the UK

I’m a qualifying feature for the Chichester and Langstone Harbours Special Protection Area – that means, when the site was designated, a nationally significant number of us used these awesome coastlines in the winter!

Fun fact

All this running may look like a waste of energy, however I have a plan…with every passing wave the creatures that live beneath the sand come up to feed on food the waves bring in, this is what I am waiting for.