The UK supports up to 45% of Europe’s population of oystercatchers in the winter, making it an internationally important location for them.
Location Can be found along the UK coastline all year round. Some birds breed inland, particularly in East Anglia and northern parts of England and Scotland.
Size Length 40-45cm; wingspan 80-86cm
Nest 2-4 cryptic eggs are laid in a bare scrape on pebbles, on the coast or on gravel islands.
Diet On the coast, mainly mussels and cockles; inland, primarily worms.
Population 110,000 UK breeding pairs; increases to 340,000 birds in winter.