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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VANISHING SPECIES: The curlew, above, and, clockwise from far left, the corn bunting, golden plover, lapwing and small-flowered catchfly are all heading rapidly towards extinction in Wales
The study warns that if climate change predictions prove accurate, golden plovers will be nesting three weeks earlier by 2100.
IN SHARP DECLINE: The curlew, along with the golden plover, has fallen in numbers in Wales by 80%
Another is the absence of grazing animals, which kept dense plants under control and gave Golden Plovers the food and nesting spaces they needed.
In 1969 Golden Plover became the residence and art gallery to the well-known artist and sculptor Arthur Giardelli, whose work has been featured in many galleries worldwide, including London's Tate and the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
While lapwing, curlew, golden plover, ring ouzel, merlin and black grouse are in serious decline elsewhere, they can still be found in good numbers on our moors.
Among the items were an SD Restaurant Car sold for PS170; 7002 "Devizes Castle", green, GWR, boxed, realised PS150; 4901 "Sir Charles Newton", black, NER; 4-6-2 loco & tender; 60031 "Golden Plover", green, BR, boxed.
In May 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, the owner of a beer brewery in England got into an argument with fellow members of his hunting party over the question - "Which is the fastest game bird in Europe, the golden plover or the grouse?" Realizing that there were no reference books that carried such information and how useful they might be to resolve debates such as his, he came up with the idea of a book of world records.
Further research on declining species such as golden plover, curlew, redshank and lapwing found that numbers were up to five times greater on moorland managed for red grouse.
The charity had warned of the potential to harm sensitive bird species including golden eagles white-tailed eagles, merlins, the black-throated diver, golden plover and dunlin.
I'd timed it very nicely, as a Pacific Golden Plover had turned up at Cley Marshes the day before we arrived, and it was a relief to see it still there.