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Golden Plover

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Large wintering flocks were once common In the fields of Dorset but are far less so now



Photograph by: 
Martin Wood

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Common Name Golden Plover
Scientific Name Pluvialis apricaria
Status Occasional
Interest Level
Species Family Plovers
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Farmland
Look for Flocks of waders on rough pasture and meadows
Additional Identification Notes
  • Loss of suitable habitat now means flocks of golden plover are now seen less often than they once were
  • A wintering species of wader but rarely seen wading, they prefer rough pasture and damp meadows
  • Nearly always seen in largish flocks 
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