Green Surge

At this time of year, July to September, the Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)  arrives on migration to the wetlands of the UK, including the Manchester area, at sites such as Salford Mosses, and in particular the Little Woolden Moss Lancashire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve and Croxdens Pools, Pennington Flash Country Park, Altrincham Sewage Farm and Hope Carr Nature Reserve

The Green Sandpiper breeds along a swathe of sub-Arctic Europe and migrates to southern Europe, tropical Africa and Asia, so it is amazing to think that the bird on a Manchester wetland that you are watching in August might be in the Gambia in Africa in October

Although most Green Sandpipers winter in Mediterranean Europe, Africa and Asia, smaller numbers of Green Sandpipers winter in the UK, including the Manchester area, and the River Irwell has a good record of hosting this species, with one or two birds present most winters during recent years, and one or two can often be seen at Croxdens Pool and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve on Salford Mosses

The Green Sandpiper is also a scarce Spring migrant on the way north to it’s breeding grounds, so it is possible to see Green Sandpiper all year round on the Salford Mosses, and, although it is a very rare breeding species here in the UK, this species breeding habitat includes areas of mosslands, so this species could be one to watch for on the new Lancashire Wildlife Trust Little Woolden Moss Nature Reserve

http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3024

Birdlife International, Green Sandpiper

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