With its evocative, haunting call and large
size this is one of the most recogniseable waders of moorland and coastal
estuary. Its breeding habitat includes damp upland pastures and meadows,
moorland, low land pasture and coastal marshes. Loss of suitable habitat
due to intense farming methods has led to the serious decline of this
species. In winter it is found mainly in coastal areas. It feeds on
a diet of worms, shellfish and shrimps.