Wood Sandpiper - Tringa glareola


The Wood Sandpiper is a medium-sized wading bird, with a fine straight bill, yellowish legs and a conspicuous long white stripe from the bill over the eye to the back of the neck. In flight, it shows no wing-stripes and a square white rump.

Identification difficulty

Flooded marshes and coastal reserves.

When to see it

Late April to September.

Life History

Feeds on insects, worms, spiders, shellfish and small fish.

UK Status

A passage migrant in spring and autumn, breeding in Northern Europe and wintering in Africa; a few pairs breed in the Scottish Highlands. The flooding of some previously drained traditional marshes in Scotland may help this species in future.

VC55 Status

Uncommon passage migrant in Leicestershire & Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

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Species profile

Common names
Wood Sandpiper
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
03/08/2009 (Chris Lythall)
Last record:
05/10/2019 (Palmer, Paul)

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