Little Ringed Plovers are a fairly recent addition to the list of British breeding birds - the first pair bred at Tring, Hertfordshire in 1938. The population has steadily increased and there are now 800-1,000 pairs in the country. They favour gravel pits and a number of pairs breed in our area each year.
Regular checks of breeding sites are made throughout the season and where possible nests located and progress and success tracked. Where possible we also ring the young - although their camouflage is excellent and it is often impossible to find the chicks. Obviously search time has to be restricted to limit disturbance.