Oystercatcher - Haematopus ostralegus


    This large black and white wader is easy to identify with its bright red beak.

    Identification difficulty

    It breeds on nearly all UK coasts but is also found inland around wetlands.

    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    It feeds heavily on cockles and mussels but inland it eats worms. Oystercatches spend most of the winter on the coast, often congregating in large numbers.

    UK Status

    Fairly common and widespread in Britain, particularly around the coasts.

    VC55 Status

    Only an occasional visitor to wetland sites in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map