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Golden Plover - Heilo - Pluvialis apricaria

At Stag Rocks this species tends to use the fields behind the beach rather than the shore itself. Numbers therefore depend very much on the state of the fields (i.e. recently ploughed, planted with crops that grow in winter etc). Generally only small numbers use the area sporadically in winter.

This species is much more numerous at the nearby Budle Bay and on the mudflats at Lindisfarne.

The record count during the period I counted waders there is 600 individuals on 12 January 1990.

Golden Plover numbers at Stag Rocks 1985 -1990

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Golden Plover Flock, Stag Rocks, Bamburgh
Golden Plover Flock, Stag Rocks, Bamburgh

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