Wader Quest – Our History – the story so far

We are proud of our history. Wader Quest has helped raise awareness of the plight of our waders in addition to raising funds to support much needed conservation support. Our thanks are expressed to all of our supporters past present and future.


Our History


  • May 2012: Wader Quest created to raise money for Spoon-billed Sandpiper captive breeding programme – £3,526.06 raised and donated to Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.
  • August 2013: Fundraising for Hooded Plover begins at British Birdwatching Fair – £1,316.33 raised and donated to BirdLife Australia.
  • March 2014: Small charity created with inaugural Trustees meeting in London.
  • May 2014: First AGM of the charity held in London & fundraising begins for Wader Quest Magellanic Plover project – £3,000 raised.
  • June 2014: Application made to HMRC to be recognised as a charity.
  • October 2014: Wader Quest recognised as a charity by HMRC allowing us to claim Gift Aid and other tax benefits.
  • November 2014: Wader Quest launches Wader Conservation World Watch an annual collective world-wide wader watch.
  • November 2015: Wader Quest initiated the UK’s first ever Wader Festival in the Wirral in partnership with Dee Estuary Volunteer Wardens, RSPB, Cheshire Wildlife Trust and Wirral Borough Council rangers.
  • February 2016: Wader Quest passes the £10,000 mark for funds raised for wader conservation.
  • June 2016: Wader Quest Publishing established and presents Eury the Spoon-billed Sandpiper.
  • August 2016: Eury the Spoon-billed Sandpiper children’s book published & fundraising starts for Thai Salt Pan appeal – £1,000 raised.
  • March 2017: Fundraising starts for Humber Wader Ringing Group – £1,782.02 raised and donated to HWRG to fund a ‘phutt net’.
  • November 2017:
    • Wader Quest passes the £20,000 mark for funds raised for wader conservation.
    • Where’s Willet? is launched.
  • March 2018: Wader Quest invited to attend the Upland Wader Summit hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales on Dartmoor.
  • August 2018:


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