Recovery of a breeding Dunlin population in the Peak District in response to blanket bog restoration

Published on 08 February 2017 in Main articles

By Dave O’Hara, Jon Bird, Kate Hanley and Geoff Carr

Abstract Dove Stone, in the Peak District, is a partnership project between the RSPB and United Utilities, with management focused on biodiversity and water quality. Standard moorland bird survey monitoring showed that breeding Dunlins Calidris alpina in peat restoration areas increased from 15 to 43 pairs between 2010 and 2015, which illustrates how peatland conservation management can help to restore populations of a declining wader. Comments on survey methodology for breeding Dunlins are also presented.

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Breeding Dunlin at Dove Stone, May 2015 Geoff Carr