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Observed: 4th May 2009 By: jason.birtjason.birt’s reputation in Birdsjason.birt’s reputation in Birdsjason.birt’s reputation in Birds
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Lone oystercatcher on a rock near Marazion.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus) interacts


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Oystercatcher distribution

The NBN map shows very clearly how this is a coastal species over the southern half of the UK but common inland in the wilder north. On the coast they specialise in shellfish (especially mussells but not oysters!), inland they presumably eat earthworms.

Bob Ford

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Here in the north oystercatchers are regularly seen inland, where they breed. This is often beside water though it can be on dryer moorland or field margins. In winter they move to the coastal areas. Yes, when inland their main food is earthworms. I hadn't realised they rarely went inland in the south of england.

Graham Banwell

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Inland oystercatchers

Not far inland I know but a relatively common sight is a group of oystercatchers feeding on the roundabout near the KFC in Penzance!

Jason Birt