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a small sandpiper, Calidris (or Erolia) alpina, of northern and arctic regions, having a brown back and black breast in summer



(Calidris alpina), also red-backed sandpiper, a bird of the family Charadriidae of the suborder Limicolae. The body length is about 20 cm. The upper parts are reddish brown, and underparts are dark. The dunlin is distributed in the tundras of Eurasia and North America, as well as along the shores of the Baltic and North seas. It is a migratory bird. Unmated birds roam the steppes of Western Siberia and Kazakhstan in the summer. The nests are on the ground. The clutch contains four eggs, which are incubated by both the male and female for 21 to 22 days. The diet consists of small invertebrates.

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Special ground- nesting birds such as red grouse, merlin, golden plover, curlew and the now very scarce dunlin call the peatlands their home alongside adders, common lizard and insects such as dragonflies.
Leighton Drew, now 17, of Ewbank Close, Barry, was given 18 months detention and training, and Stephen Dutton, 30, of Dunlin Court, Barry, was given 14 months.
Dunlin and ringed plover have declined in Wales' major estuaries such as the Severn and the Dee.
You may get the opportunity to see dunlin, curlew and sandpiper on migration.
John Williams, 48, of Dunlin Court in Barry Docks, Barry, had three points added to his licence and was fined pounds 50 after being caught speeding in on February 8.
The most numerous species are usually knot and dunlin, but there are also large numbers of oystercatcher, grey plover, bar-tailed godwit, curlew, ringed plover, redshank and sanderling.
Before the Cardiff Bay Barrage was built, the mudflats at the mouth of the Rivers Taff and Ely were a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, supporting winter populations of waterbirds such as the shelduck, oystercatcher, dunlin, curlew and redshank.
But they have threatened wading birds including dunlin, lapwing, redshank and snipe.
Estuaries are likely to hold lower densities of dunlin and redshanks.
The revised red list now includes the cuckoo, lapwing and yellow wagtail, plus the dunlin and herring gull.
Mr Beaumont lost his pounds 1,000 life savings in the raid on his house in Dunlin Court Barry.
Walker, 35, of Dunlin Avenue, Glenrothes, Fife, admitted having ecstasy and cocaine in The Ice Factory, in Perth, on April 8 this year.