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Scholekster Haematopus ostralegus

Foto: Henk Olieman


Haematopus [genus] (1/1)
ostralegus [soort]

Although one of the most common waders, high densities are restricted to the north and west of the country. The species inhabits natural (saltmarshes) as well as farmland areas, especially grassland or a mixture of grassland and arable land. A spectacular range expansion from coastal to inland areas in the course of the 20th century was enabled through cultivation of heaths and moors (more breeding area) and use of fertilizers (more invertebrates). Since 1985-90, a decrease was recorded. Reproduction and winter survival have deteriorated as farming practices intensified and food stocks in the Wadden Sea became depleted by human over-exploitation. Probably some 80,000-130,000 bp in 1998-2000, at most.



Hulscher, J.B.


  • SOVON Vogelonderzoek Nederland 2002. Atlas van de Nederlandse broedvogels 1998-2000. Nederlandse Fauna 5: 1-584. Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum Naturalis, KNNV Uitgeverij & European Invertebrate Survey-Nederland, Leiden.