The Dotterel nests on open mountain moors a few hundred metres above the tree line.
The Dotterel lives on insects and seeds. It is characteristically a migratory bird that winters in the step and Sami arid areas of North Africa. Spring migration takes place very rapidly at the end of May and the bird can be seen, only fleetingly, when the flocks rest on big fields. One well-known stopover site is Laggadalen east of Uppsala.
You need plenty of luck to catch sight of the Dotterel on a mountain moor, since it is fairly rare but if you happen to see one and keep calm it is trusting and can stay on its nest, brooding quite close to you. But do not test the patience of the Dotterel too much. If you arouse the interest of for example crows and ravens, they in turn can detect the brooding Dotterel.