Great Snipe Gallinago media   [Latham, 1787]

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Order: Charadriiformes Family: Scolopacidae
BTO Codes: DS, GRESN EURING No: 5200
Number in Britain: 3 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: 1 Global Conservation Concern; Declining
Global: Near Threatened (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 28 cm Wingspan: 48 cm Weight: M/F: 190 g    
Scientific name from: L.: gallina=a hen and L.: medius=intermediate
World Distribution: BREEDS: ne Europe, n&c Asia, WINTERS: e&s Africa
Habitat: Wet grassland, marsh & damp scrub
Diet: Earthworms, molluscs and insects, also seeds
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Kent, c. 1780 (Pennant, T. 1766. The British zoology, rev. ed.)
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 148 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: August to October
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Argyll (1903), Angus & Dundee (1927), Ayrshire (1921), Borders (1925), Clyde (1927), Dumfries & Galloway (1935), Fife (1951), Upper Forth (1925), Highland (1975), Lothian (1912), Moray & Nairn (1934), Northeast (2004), Outer Hebrides (1938), Orkney (2000), Perth & Kinross (1955), Shetland (2006),
   North-east England: Cleveland (1976), Durham (1896), Northumberland (1976), East Yorkshire (1996), North Yorkshire (1993), South Yorkshire (1885), West Yorkshire (1873),
   North-west England: Cheshire (1957), Cumbria (1992), Lancashire (1948),
   English Midlands: Derbyshire (1941), Leicestershire (1885), Northamptonshire (1884), Nottinghamshire (1989), Shropshire (1905), Staffordshire (1954), Warwickshire (1894), West Midlands (1995),
   Eastern England: Bedfordshire (1967), Cambridgeshire (1955), Essex (1989), Hertfordshire (2001), Lincolnshire (1984), Norfolk (2007), Suffolk (2003),
   South-east England: Berkshire (1956), Buckinghamshire (1962), Hampshire (1934), Isle of Wight (1879), Kent (1998), Greater London (1989), Oxfordshire (1932), East Sussex (1975), West Sussex (1964),
   South-west England: Cornwall (1898), Devon (1956), Dorset (1896), Gloucestershire (1958), Somerset (1949), Wiltshire (1936), Isles of Scilly (1973),
   Wales: Ceredigion (1947), Caernarfonshire (2003), Denbighshire (1911), Meirionnydd (2003), Pembrokeshire (1905),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Gïach Fawr
Danish: Tredækker Dutch: Poelsnip
Finnish: Heinäkurppa French: Bécassine double
German: Doppelschnepfe Hungarian: Nagy sárszalonka
Icelandic: Heiðasnípa Irish: Naoscach Mhór
Italian: Croccolone Norwegian: Dobbeltbekkasin
Polish: Dubelt (bekas dubelt) Portuguese: Narceja-real
Spanish: Agachadiza real Swedish: Dubbelbeckasin
Local Names: Solitary Snipe

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Books and Monographs:
   Rouxel, R. 2000 Snipes of the western Palearctic Eveil Nature, St Yrieix sur Charente [598.612 ROU]
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