The Lavan Sands estuary system is a designated Special Protection Area for its large wintering population of Eurasian Oystercatcher haematopus ostralegus. They have been counted and studied by SCAN ringing group, and local volunteers for more than 30 years, and a new colour-ringing study started in November 2012 to study the wintering birds use of various parts of the estuary
On the 3rd June one of Lavan sands wintering Oystercatchers, which was caught and ringed at Beaumaris, was seen on territory in Birsay, Orkney. Over the years over 50 Oystercatchers ringed during the winter on traeth Lavan have been seen or recovered in Orkney.
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