Contents of report
Breeding Bird Survey
Common Birds Census
Constant Effort Sites
Nest Record Scheme
Waterways Bird Survey
What the categories mean
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GOLDEN PLOVER Pluvialis apricaria
Conservation Listings Long term trend

Table 4/Amber (Wintering population)
Biodiversity Steering Group Conservation Concern List

UK: Unknown
Status Summary

Generally thought to have declined (Gibbons et al. 1993), Golden Plovers in the UK were only poorly monitored (in summer and in winter) before the inception of the BBS. Since then, there has been no clear trend in abundance. Nest survival on grass moors, unlike that on heather moors, may have declined over time (Crick 1992a); perhaps linked to increased sheep stocking densities (Fuller 1996).

The relatively small average clutch sizes in 1996-98 are due to the receipt of a number of late-season records from an intensive study that provide an unusual proportion of 2 and 3-egg clutches (Pearce-Higgins, pers.comm.).

Table of population changes for Golden Plover
Source Period
Years Plots
Alert Comment
BBS UK 5 1994-1999 78 -18 -36 6    
BBS England 5 1994-1999 28 15 -18 63   Small sample
BBS Scotland 5 1994-1999 49 -33 -53 -5 (>25) Small sample
The Breeding Bird Survey is jointly funded by BTO, JNCC and RSPB
Table of productivity information for Golden Plover
Variable Period
Years Mean
Trend Predicted
in first year
in last year
Change Comment
Clutch size 30 1968-1998 16 None       Small sample
Insufficient data on brood size
available for this species


Insufficient data on nest failure
available for this species



Insufficient data on nestling failure available for this species



Insufficient data on laying date
available for this species



Insufficient data on CES
available for this species




The report should be cited as: Baillie, S.R., Crick, H.Q.P., Balmer, D.E., Bashford, R.I., Beaven, L.P., Freeman, S.N., Marchant, J.H., Noble, D.G., Raven, M.J., Siriwardena, G.M., Thewlis, R. and Wernham, C.V. (2001) Breeding Birds in the Wider Countryside: their conservation status 2000. BTO Research Report No. 252. BTO, Thetford. (

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