International Golden Plover Survey

October 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm 2 comments

There will be a coordinated census of Golden Plovers across Europe this weekend of 11-12 October, repeating comparable surveys carried out in 2008 and 2003.

The majority of Golden Plover are concentrated in northwest Europe in October, making it the best time to assess the population.  As in 2008, the BTO will be collating all counts of Golden Plover within the framework of an International Wader Study Group project.

Golden Plovers by Sergey Yeliseev, on Flickr

Golden Plovers by Sergey Yeliseev, on Flickr

In our region, Sker Point near Porthcawl is a good spot to see Golden Plover flocks, with upto 140 seen at high tide in recent weeks.  This weekend, high tide is at 08:49am on Saturday and 09:24am on Sunday.  Elsewhere, flocks can sometimes be seen congregating on hill tops such as Cefn Eglwysilan, Mynydd y Glyn and Werfa.

For the UK, Golden Plover numbers provided through standard WeBS Core Counts will represent the key source of data in combination with records provided through BirdTrack.

Volunteers are encouraged to submit counts of Golden Plover (and Lapwing) into BirdTrack  over the weekend.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paul Seligman  |  October 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    we are in Chorleywood, Bucks this weekend but if I see any golden plovers, I’ll be sure to note them….. we often stop at Reading eastbound services on M4 and I have recorded lapwing over the flooded gravel pits near there a few times, so you never know, may get those.

  • 2. Wayne Morris  |  October 13, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    A count of 425 Golden Plovers at Sker Point was made by Jeff Curtis and Tony Messenger at yesterday’s Glamorgan Bird Club Big Birding Day at Kenfig NNR.

    There were no Lapwings.


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