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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Pluvialis squatarola - Grey Plover

Range & Status

Siberia to Canada; in Britain and Ireland 53,000 in winter.

Regional Distribution

Cornwall: winter visitor and passage migrant to most major estuaries, with a few summering (midwinter counts total some 500 birds). Chief sites are Camel estuary and the Lynher/St. John' s Lake (both holding 150 to 200 regularly, but numbers fluctuate). Isles of Scilly: small numbers on passage; few overwinter.

Habitat & Ecology

Muddy and sandy estuaries, locally on coastal reefs and bays. Peak numbers do not

arrive until mid winter.


Estuary development.


Most sites are SSSI. Protected under Annexe 11/2 of the European Union Conservation of Wild Birds Directive. Listed (long list) as a globally threatened/declining species (BSGR, 1995).


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.