Sep 27, 2021
Common Ringed Plovers are birds that rely heavily on beaches for their existence and struggle to live alongside humans using those beaches. The disturbance created by people impacts Ringed Plover nesting success and creates a disturbance while they are trying to feed and roost. One of the closest places I know to see these active little shorebirds all year round is a piece of protected beach at Shellness, Kent, SE England where I have been able to see them nesting in small numbers with much larger groups of them present from late summer through autumn and winter. Here they feed on the exposed mudflats at low tide and roost on the protected beach at high tide, often in large flocks.
To see these Common Ringed Plovers in action and to learn more about them watch this short video I made at Shellness beach - https://youtu.be/DnxjhxwKj28