Golden Plover


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Golden Plover

 

(Pluvialis apricaria), a bird of the suborder Limicolae of the order Charadriiformes. Body length, 25–30 cm; weight, approximately 200 g. The back is black with yellow speckles, and the underside of the body is white with a longitudinal black band. The golden plover is found in Iceland and northern Europe and Western and Central Siberia. In winter it migrates primarily to Great Britain and the western Mediterranean region. It inhabits mossy bogs, tundra, and forest tundra. It builds its nest on the ground; the clutch contains four eggs. The golden plover eats small invertebrates, seeds, and berries. It is hunted for sport.

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Jeremy Garside, Chief Executive at the Wildlife Trust said, "We expect the new reserve will support regionally important numbers of wintering birds including teal, golden plover, curlew and redshank.
These areas also provide a home to a whole host of rare birdlife, such as the hen harrier, merlin, peregrine falcon, golden plover, curlew, red grouse and black grouse, many of which are vulnerable to disturbance throughout the year.
Birds in serious decline include many of the iconic species that define our upland areas such as golden plover, chough and ring ouzel.
It is also a great place to spot moorland birds such as golden plover, grouse, curlew and twite which all breed here in good numbers.
A severe hail storm, causing damage to cars and houses, swept moorland on July 1 which may well have killed large numbers of curlew, lapwing, golden plover and grouse chicks in a few short hours, said Mr Scott-Harden.
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During that time, curlew numbers slumped by 79%, and golden plover by 90%.