Common Name Avocet
Scientific Name Recurvirostra avosetta
Family Birds Other Waders

Large numbers now seen in Poole Harbour in winter but scarce elsewhere in Dorset.

Look For A black and white bird with a unique up turned bill
ID Notes

Once very scarce but now a  thousand or so over winter in Poole Harbour
A small number are attempting to breed on Brownsea Island but so far without success due to nest predation 
Unmistakable being the only wader with an upcurved bill and blue legs  

Read about this species in my Nature Diary blog:
Date Sort ascending Title Link to Article Edit
14-10-21 The avocet in Dorset
29-11-10 Avocet (Recurvirostra avosetta)
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This map shows the distribution of the species based on my records:

Lodmoor Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest

Arne Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest

Middlebere Farm

National Trust

Upton Country Park

BCP Council

Brownsea Island

Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest

Holes Bay

BCP Council, Site of Scientific Interest
These are the National Vegetation Classification codes associated with this species:
NVC Codes Description Phase 1 Categories Description
The number of records for each month for this species; it gives an idea of the best time to see it (although for plants this does not necessarily mean it was in flower):
Month No of Records
01: January 1
These are the sites where I have found this species:
Site Notes Record Date Report Date
Arne Nature Reserve Good numbers in winter
Brownsea Island Numerous
Holes Bay

Occasional in winter

Lodmoor Nature Reserve
Middlebere Farm Present
Upton Country Park Several