Guernsey Wader Counts

Key sites

Analysis of the data allows us to see which sites are most important for the different species. The data are summarised in terms of the proportion of the island's population that use that site. This is shown in the Figure below - the larger the dot the larger the proportion of the population that uses that site.

For example Grande Havre, a large sandy bay, is of key importance for Sanderling, of some importance for Turnstone and Redshank but only small numbers of other species use the site. Vazon, Grandes Rocques, Fort le Crocq, the Shingle Bank (inc Lihou) and Rocquaine are of key importance for a number of species.

Alternatively, you can look at it in terms of species. Turnstone are quite widespread but Golden Plover are really only found in one site.

This figure shows us the we need a mix of beaches to be in good condition to effectively conserve the island's wader population.

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