Kentish Plover; What’s In A Name?

The second in the series of interestingly named species is another plover, this time the Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus, as Henry Seebohm put it in his 1888 book The Geographical Distribution of the Family Charadriidae, or, The Plovers, Sandpipers Snipes and Their Allies;

‘The Kentish Plover might be supposed, from its most inappropriate name, to be confined to the south-east corner of England. On the contrary its range extends eastwards for 250 degrees of latitude.’

So why is this lovely little plover so inappropriately named? Find out here