Dotterel; What’s in a name?

The Dotterel Charadrius morinellus; when I first heard the name as a youngster it was one of those, almost mythical species, which, as far as I could see, I had little or no chance of ever seeing. In those days … Continued

An Inspiration of Waders

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Why the collective noun for a swirling mass of waders over an estuary should be An Inspiration of Waders. Collective nouns can sometimes be very apt, ‘a pack of knots’ for example. These lovely creatures pack together when they gather … Continued

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