Little ringed plover standing in mud (c) Mark Dunhill

Little ringed plover

Little ringed plovers were seldom seen in the UK prior to the second world war. Since then, hundreds have arrived and made it their summer home. They come in search of nesting sites in the wide expanses of shingle in river valleys. Since the end of the war, the expansion of the building industry has created numerous gravel pits making such sites more plentiful. Their nests are exposed scrapes in the shingle, but their eggs are camouflaged perfectly, making them virtually invisible.

Scientific name: Charadrius dubius

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Little ringed plover taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Little ringed plover can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, Australia, China, Europe, Indian subcontinent, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Little ringed plover distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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