Wader Quest is a charity that aims to get more people directly involved in wader conservation via Community Wader Conservation projects, or indirectly as a Friend or Sponsor of Wader Quest, raising funds for, and awareness about, wader conservation.


“It is to me he most striking instance of what bird-protection can and should, be, not a matter of Acts of Parliament and schedules hung on police station walls, but a combined effort of people living in their own countryside to save, it may be for one year only or it may be for posterity, some portion of the beauty of our marshlands which our forefathers too often allowed to perish.“

Lt.-Col. J. K. Stanford, O.B.E., M.C. August 30th 1950.


Wader QuestThese words are as true today as they were when they were written nearly 70 years ago and they sum up rather well how we think the future of wader conservation should go.

Waders are under more global pressure today than at any time in the past, particularly long-distance migrants that depend upon the intertidal zone for refuelling and resting. Nearly half (48%) of wader species, where a population trend is known, are in decline. That is why Rick and Elis Simpson set up Wader Quest in 2012.

We support Community Wader Conservation where local groups and communities, mostly volunteers, work to protect their local wader populations whether they are breeding, passage or non-breeding populations. We think of this as the conservation arm of ‘citizen science’ and believe it to be equally as important. We also believe that the cumulative effect of these small conservation projects is significant and it gives concerned people a real sense that they are able to become involved and that they are making a tangible difference in their own back yard to tackle an acute global ecological crisis.

We also assist with small research projects that struggle to find other funding by purchase of equipment and tools.

The Trustees adopted the Constitution in March 2104 that sets out Wader Quest’s aims and objectives to operate within the structure of being a charity. In the meantime, we have been notified by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) that we are now recognised as a charity for tax purposes. This is good news as we can now take advantage of Gift Aid from donations made by British taxpayers and benefit from other tax exemptions. It also means that our finances are subject to strict rules and scrutiny and this should allay any worries that potential sponsors and donors have until we become fully registered.

We do not take a wage and 100% of donations, Friends subscriptions and sponsorship payments are guaranteed to go to conservation projects.

We have the great pleasure of working with many like-minded people and very much appreciate their feedback about the work we are doing.


It should go without saying, that we are very appreciative of the work of Wader Quest and impressed by your own very evident knowledge and dedication to shorebird conservation. Thank goodness there are folk such as yourselves. It’s just the source of encouragement and motivation, from which less experienced birders such as ourselves, benefit greatly

Mike and Rose Clear: NSW Australia.

People have many different highlights from the British Bird Fair but one of mine is undoubtedly having had the privilege to talk to some of the world’s leaders in avian conservation. One such man goes by the name of Rick Simpson from the world renown organization called “Wader Quest” which strives to raise funds for and awareness surrounding the plight of the world’s wader populations which are declining at a rapid rate with an estimated 48% of wader populations in decline.  Rick, you and the folks from Wader Quest are true custodians of our worlds waders and it’s because of organizations such as yourself that we are able to enjoy our waders on a daily basis. Thank you.

John Kinghorn: Birding Ecotours, South Africa.



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