Little Ringed Plover (Little Plover) Charadrius dubius

This species first bred in the UK in 1938 but became established in southern England by the 1970s. It was first recorded in Norfolk in 1943 and first nested here in 1960. Their success has been encouraged by the increase in man-made habitats like gravel pits and reservoir edges which are attractive to them. As well as obvious dangers like gravel extraction machinery many have had to succumbed to egg-collectors and predation by crows etc.

The species' fortunes are turning once again and in recent years their numbers have decreased.

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adult male Little Ringed Plover, Elvas (Portugal), 23rd April 2006

 

Little Ringed Plover, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 17th August 2004

 

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adult female Little Ringed Plover, between Mértola and Castro Verde (Alentejo, Portugal), 25th April 2006

 

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juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 2nd August 2004

 

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juvenile Little Ringed Plovers, Kelling (Norfolk, UK), 25th August 2009

 

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Little Ringed Plover, Manavgat (Turkey), 8th May 2010

 

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Little Ringed Plover, Bittering (Norfolk, UK), 18th September 2016 - I believe this is an adult moulting into non-breeding plumage, something not commonly encountered here as adultas have usually departed before this

 

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Little Ringed Plovers, Great Ryburgh (Norfolk, UK), 17th April 2017 (top two rows show a male, last three rows a female; although possibly paired they were not breeding at this location)

 

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Little Ringed Plovers, Great Ryburgh (Norfolk, UK), 20th April 2017 - probably 3 different non-breeding birds here

 

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adult male Little Ringed Plover, Sparham Pools (Norfolk, UK), 4th May 2007

 

adult female and male Little Ringed Plovers, undisclosed site (Norfolk, UK), 7th April 2013

 

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juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 3rd June 2017

 

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juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Hilf outfall (Masirah, Oman), 7th November 2017

 

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juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Titchwell (Norfolk, UK), 7th July 2012

 

Little Ringed Plover, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 3rd May 2008

 

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Little Ringed Plover, Great Ryburgh (Norfolk, UK), 30th May 2017

 

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Little Ringed Plovers (with Avocets), Welney (Norfolk, UK), 10th June 2017

 

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Little Ringed Plover, Birecik (Turkey), 13th May 2010

 

juvenile Little Ringed Plover, Camargue (Bouche du Rhone, France), 11th September 2002

 

Little Ringed Plovers, undisclosed site (Norfolk, UK), 7th April 2013

 

Little Ringed Plover, near Bittering (Norfolk, UK), 10th April 2013

 

 

Little Ringed Plover, Bittering (Norfolk, UK), 16th June 2013