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From Artic Tundra to Filey Brigg – The Purple Sandpiper

by RB

The Purple Sandpiper ( Calidris maritima )  is a shorebird that can be found overwintering at Filey Brigg. This small bird breeds on the Artic Tundra, although 1 -3 pairs have bred in the Cairngorm National Park since the 1970′s.

Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper (stock image)

The presence of Purple Sandpipers and it’s local geology, is the reason why Filey Brigg has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest or SSSI.