Population status of waders wintering on Europe’s non-estuarine coasts


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1 January 08

N.H.K Burton, J. Blew, K. Colhoun, J. Cortes, B. Deceuninck, K. Devos, F. Hortas, L. Mendes, L. Nilsson, D. Radović, M.M. Rehfish, M. van Roomen, C. Soldatini, O. Thorup, D. Stroud

Niall H.K. Burton
British Trust for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU, UK


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A total of nearly 800,000 waders of 27 species were estimated to winter on the non-estuarine coasts of the 12 countries that participated in the European Non-Estuarine Coastal Waterbird Survey (Europe-NEWS) (note, this is a minimum estimate as in some countries, counts were not extrapolated or regions were not covered). Most were found in the north-west of Europe, the UK (including the Isle of Man) holding 49.8% of the total estimate, France 19.3%, Germany 13.6% and Ireland 11.5%. The most abundant species were Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus, Dunlin Calidris alpina, Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus and Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata, though key species – those for which the non-estuarine habitats in the participant12 countries were estimated to hold over 25% of biogeographic populations – were Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula, Sanderling Calidris alba, Purple Sandpiper C. maritima and Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres. Omissions from these estimates and population trends are discussed.