Key Facts

  • Nest sparsely lined hollow on ground, often with grass above as a canopy, on wet upland moors
  • 4 eggs, 1 brood, April – July
Scientific Name: Tringa totanus
Number in Britain: 22,000 breeding pairs
Conservation Status:
in UK Amber
in Europe Least Concern
Globally Least Concern

A slim dainty wading bird about a foot long, with as its name suggests, red legs and bill.

Arrives along with the Curlew and although not common we have them on both sites. A grass-lined cup contains the four-pointed eggs a pale to mid buff colouration striped with brown.

Due to the size of the bird, the young are quite small when hatched but still have to forage for food for themselves.