Shelduck - Tadorna tadorna


    The Shelduck is a large, mainly white duck, with a prominent red bill, black-green head, and chestnut and white upper parts. In flight, Shelducks look heavy and have slow-beating wings.

    Identification difficulty

    Shelducks are found mainly in coastal areas, although they can also be found around inland waters such as reservoirs and gravel workings.

    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    This species breeding in rabbit burrows, tree holes, haystacks or similar. They eat invertebrates, small shellfish and aquatic snails.

    UK Status

    Widely distributed though mainly coastal in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare escape or vagrant 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