How to identifyThe Avocet is a distinctively-patterned black and white wader with a long up-curved beak. Avocets are protected by the Schedule 1, which makes it an offence to disturb them. It's also the emblem of the RSPB, and you'll see it in our logo. It symbolises the bird protection movement in the UK more than any other species. Its return in the 1940s and subsequent increase in numbers represents one of the most successful conservation and protection projects.
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.