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Wood Sandpiper
Tringa glareola

Map of the common names

Slender and small long-legged (L 20 cm). At breeding season, the species inhabits mainly open wetlands in taiga and on tundra. In other parts of Europe birds occur in marshy areas, peat bogs and along the shores of small lakes. Forages on freshwater margins and flooded meadows, rarely on exposed coasts. The diet consists mostly of insects, but also small molluscs and crustaceans. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
Much of the breeding population has declined during last centuries, mainly due to drainage of wetlands. In the north of its breeding range, vast peatlands have already been exploited for forestry .

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
250,000 / 400,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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