Kentish Plover Breeding
The Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus is a small plover that has been seen widely around the world, along coastal areas, beaches, and salt marshes.
There has been a dramatic decline in world populations of this species, largely because of human interference, especially in coastal areas, their main breeding habitat.
In Portugal, a considerable breeding population of Kentish Plovers has been found, with an estimated population of 1200 to 3000 pairs. In the Alvor Estuary, it is estimated that there are less than 54 pairs in habitats such as sand dunes, salt marshes and saltpans.
A ROCHA first started monitoring the Kentish Plover breeding population in the Alvor Estuary in 1992 and, since then, a number of major studies on these birds have been carried out during the breeding season by students and volunteers.
These studies were designed to find out more about the factors that influence Kentish Plovers in selecting a nest site and which determine hatching success.