European golden plover Pluvialis apricaria

The European golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) is a medium sized, short-billed wader that breeds in the boreal and arctic zones from Iceland in the west through Great Britain and Scandinavia east to western Siberia.

European golden plover

The European golden plover. Photo: tromsofoto.net

Distribution

In Svalbard, the European golden plover has been found breeding on Bjørnøya and western Spitsbergen. Single individuals and pairs are observed annually in these areas, and it is likely that the species probably breeds or attempts to breed annually in the region. 

Ecology

The European golden plover is a migratory species that winters along the west coast of Europe and North Africa

MOSJ indicators (Environmental Monitoring of Svalbard and Jan Mayen):

Awaiting results from MOSJ…