Dotterel Story

"One time we were on Cross Fell and there were dotterel everywhere, some of them were on the ground running in parties, some of them were pitching down out of the mist and some of them were taking off ...it was a tremendous sight and totally, totally unforgettable."

John Callion has spent hundreds of hours among the high Lakeland valleys and tops, searching for and observing the elusive Dotterel.

The high montane species, suffered declines in the 19th century - sought after by Victorian collectors as well as fly fishermen, who favoured their brightly coloured feathers.

During more than 20 years of research John has seen the numbers of these migratory birds slowly rise. But the future of the Dotterel in Cumbria is by no means secure. You can find out more about John on the Biographies page.