c/o Michael-Otto-Institut im NABU
Dispersal, space and habitat use, migration routes, annual cycle
Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), Ringed plover (Charadrius hiaticula)
Movement ecology of the Kentish and Common Ringed Plover and implications for their conservation
Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus (Linné 1758) and Common Ringed Plover C. hiaticula (Linné 1758) are critically threatened breeding birds in Germany. The aim of the project is to analyse the movements of Kentish and Common Ringed Plovers at different spatial and temporal scales and in different ecological contexts (breeding phase, dispersal, migration and wintering or entire annual cycle). The ecological results will be used to derive relevant conclusions for the protection of endangered populations. These include recommendations for habitat management and restoration in the breeding areas, the selection of a suitable conservation strategy depending on dispersal propensity and the identification of key areas and their threats outside the breeding season.