The ringed plover is a small, dumpy, short-legged wading bird. It is brownish grey above and whitish below. It has an orange bill, tipped with black, orange legs and a black-and-white pattern on its head and breast. In flight, it shows a broad, white wing-stripe.

Nationally there are thought to be less than 10,000 breeding pairs and loss of breeding sites due to the effects of climate change and  increased disturbance is likely to reduce this number further.

In 2001 in Scilly, between 30 & 50 pairs were recorded nesting across all of the islands, but we do not have any data since this time to know how their numbers compare now (2019)

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Update 29th May 2019