31st October – 1st November

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Participating organisations 2020

If you would like to contribute to citizen science projects in addition to sending your records to us then feel free to sign up to any of the following:

Southern Africa
Brazil – photos and sounds

Every year since 2014, on the first weekend of November, we celebrate the Anniversary of the start of Wader Quest, which occurred on the 1st of November 2012. This was when we started our travels to find waders around the world in order to raise money to support the Spoon-billed Sandpiper captive breeding programme at WWT Slimbridge.

The celebration takes the form of an international event – Wader Conservation World Watch.

The purpose of WCWW is not just to highlight waders and the problems they are facing, but also to celebrate the people who are involved, either professionally or voluntarily, in their conservation. Whether a person’s involvement is as a researcher, ringer, conservationist, warden, birdwatcher or fundraiser, this event is a fun way to say ‘thank you’ to them and for the participants to say ‘I Care’ about what is happening to the world’s waders.

So far, more many individuals and organisations have taken part in the event, demonstrating that they share our concern about:

  • 48% of known wader populations are in decline;
  • 6 wader species are already Extinct;
  • 8 wader species are Critically Endangered;
  • 4 of those are probably already Extinct;
  • 9 wader species are Endangered (2 added to the list recently);
  • 9 wader species are Vulnerable;
  • 29 wader species are Near threatened (6 added to the list recently);
  • the Yellow Sea is being devastated;
  • 80% of UK Northern Lapwings have disappeared;
  • the Spoon-billed Sandpiper is heading for extinction;
  • hay meadow nesting chicks are being destroyed by early mowing;
  • thousands of waders are still hunted every year;
  • Hooded Plovers still can’t find a place on the beach to breed;
  • wetlands are being drained at an astounding rate;
  • 97% of Irish breeding Eurasian Curlews have gone;
  • Black Stilts only cling to existence due to captive breeding;


Why not join in? It’s simple to take part, no registration, no counting (unless you wish to).

  • Simply go and see waders or shorebirds (birds of the suborder Charadrii). 

  • Tell us what you saw, where and with whom you saw it, (send us photos if you have them) via email: wcww@waderquest.net

  • We will then prepare a newsletter special with the list of species seen, and where, plus a roll of honour of all those who took part.

View the latest Wader Quest Newsletter WCWW special.

Wader Conservation World Watch – 2019 statistics

135 Species

252 Observers

32 Countries

6 Continents

9 Flyways

Read the WCWW Special Edition Newsletters.

Species recorded

African Jacana
Lesser Jacana
Comb-crested Jacana
Wattled Jacana
Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Greater Painted-Snipe
South American Painted-Snipe
Crab Plover
American Oystercatcher
American Black Oystercatcher
African Black Oystercatcher
Eurasian Oystercatcher
South Island Oystercatcher
Pied Oystercatcher
Variable Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
White-headed Stilt
Black-necked Stilt
White-backed Stilt
Pied Avocet
Red-necked Avocet
Indian Stone-Curlew
Water Thick-knee
Spotted Thick-knee
Great Thick-knee
Bronze-winged Courser
Double-banded Courser
Temminck’s Courser
Burchell’s Courser
Collared Pratincole
Oriental Pratincole
Small Pratincole
Northern Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
Spur-winged Lapwing
Crowned Lapwing
African Wattled Lapwing
Long-toed Lapwing
Black-winged Lapwing
Senegal Lapwing
Grey-headed Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing
Yellow-wattled Lapwing
Southern Lapwing
Red-kneed Dotterel

Southern Lapwing
Red-kneed Dotterel
European Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
American Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Northern Red-breasted Plover
Common Ringed Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Long-billed Plover
Kittlitz’s Plover
Three-banded Plover
Chestnut-banded Plover
White-fronted Plover
Kentish Plover
Snowy Plover
Java Plover
Red-capped Plover
Collared Plover
Two-banded Plover
Double-banded Plover
Lesser Sandplover
Greater Sandplover
Wilson’s Plover
Caspian Plover
Hooded Plover
Black-fronted Dotterel
Giant Snipe
African Snipe
Common Snipe
Wilson’s Snipe
South American Snipe
Pin-tailed Snipe
Latham’s Snipe
Jack Snipe
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Asian Dowitcher
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Eurasian Whimbrel

Hudsonian Whimbrel
Eurasian Curlew
Far Eastern Curlew
Upland Sandpiper
Spotted Redshank
Common Redshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Nordmann’s Greenshank
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Green Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Grey-tailed Tattler
Ruddy Turnstone
Black Turnstone
Great Knot
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Little Stint
Least Sandpiper
Temminck’s Stint
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Wilson’s Phalarope
Barred Buttonquail

Roll of Honour


Kenya (15 species)
Denise Lamsdell
Chris Lamsdell
Mozambique (20 Species)
Gary Rowan
Olivier Hamerlynck
Namibia (10 species)
Dominic Rollinson
Marc Cronje
South Africa (40 species)
Eastern Cape Province
Michael Du Plessis
Wesley Gush
Gauteng Province
Cameron Crole
Denise Holahan
Henk Nel
Owen Oertli
Peter Sharland
Sue Oertli
KwaZulu-Natal Province
Adam Cruickshank
Clayton Burne
Darren van Eyssen
Dave Rimmer
Nicolette Forbes
Mike O’Donoghue
Nick Schaller
Simoné Marshall-Smith
Ticky Forbes
Tristan Silver
Tyron Dall
Limpopo Province
Jan Basch
Mpumalanga Province
Ashwell Glasson
Nell Whyte
Robert Wienand
North West Province
Helen Badenhorst
Jaco Botes
Orange Free State Province
Jan Griesel
Riette Griesel
Western Province
Brittany Ardense
Bruce Ward-Smith
Elmarie Brits
Jeanette Powter
Mark Brown
Mike Bridgeford
Salome Willemse
Selena Flores
Thomas Hohls
Madagascar (3 species)
Nossi Bé Island
Nicolas Juillet

Israel (15 species)
Southern District
Shlomi Levi
Central District
Yoav Perlman
United Arab Emirates (1 species)
Knut Hansen
Tommy Pedersen

China (26 species)
Zhang Lin
Ziyou Yang
India (20 species)
Aditya Roy
Pavan Patel
Vishal Mistry
Niyati Kukadia
Govind Yadav
Durga Lal Verma
Rahul Sharma
Rakesh Sharma
Naveen Singh
Sandeep Verma
Nishant Nath Shukla
Indonesia (8 species)
East Java
Cipto Dwi Handono
Japan (15 species)
Tomomi Kawasumi
Rob Edmunds
Malaysia (18 species)
Palau Pinang
Neoh Hor Kee
Sri Lanka (31 species)
Southern Province
Elis Simpson
Rick Simpson

Australia (21 species)
New South Wales
Julia Keating
Ken Sutton
Renate Hottmann-Schaefer
Andrea Dennett
Jeff Dagg
John Newman
Western Australia
Cherilyn Corker
New Zealand (14 species)
Marie-Louise Ward
Auckland/Hawkes Bay
Matt Jones
Phil Hammond
Sav Saville
Ria Migaloo
Rachel Hufton
David Lawrie


Argentina (19 species)
Buenos Aires
Angeles Loredo 
Walter Eugenio Cejas
Daniel Paz
Río Negro
Javier Camio
Maxi Ibarra
Patricia González
Paula Martínez
Sebastián Ortega

Brazil (14 species)
Rio de Janeiro
Sue Healey
São Paulo
Bruno Lima
Bruno Neri
Karina Avila
Chile (16 species)
Erik Sandvig
Colombia (7 species)
Valle de Cauca
Diana Ramirez
Dina Luz Estupiñán
Marlyn Zuluaga
Panamá (18 species)
Celeste Paiva
Karl Kaufmann
Darién Montañez
Osvaldo Quintero
Rafael Luck
Rosabel Miró
Venicio Wilson
United States of America (14 species)
Becky Bowen
Lia D. Walker-Roseman
Winston Bowen
Meg Rousher
Uruguay (7 species)
Beatriz Blauth

Anguilla (18 species)
Jackie Cestero

Bulgaria (17 species)
Desislava Stefanova
Dimo Shehlarski
Ivaylo Dimtchev
Evelina Chakarova
Gogo Petrov
Ralitsa Georgieva
Viktoria Grozdeva
Vladimir Mladenov
Yani Ivanov
Pavel Simeonov
Irina Ivanova
Ivan Raykov
Ivaylo Tonev
Ivaylo Ivanov
Peter Manolov
England (22 species)
Alan McGlade
Damian Money
Edna Bates
Gwyneth Payne
Jacky Watson
Chris Balchin
Peter Hutchins
Barbara Hickson
Gavin Thomas
Jon Drakes

Janice Sutton
Veronica Platt
Allan Archer
Cathryn Pritchard
Clive Prescott
Andy Musgrove
Ian Dearing
Anne Horne
Colin Horne
North Yorkshire
Jane Chapman
Rob Chapman
Josh Hedley
Maureen Irvine
Tyne & Wear
St Mary’s Sea Watch 2pax
John Belsey
France ((12 species)
Steve Lanchbury
Île de France
David Flack
Île de la Réunion
Adrien Chaigne
Isabelle Dufour
Jaime Martinez
Jean-Cyrille Notter
Jean-François Cornuaille
Laurent Brillard
Michel Yerokine
Serge Garnier
Sophie Lagarde
Portugal (11 species)
Jacques Delabye
Paulo Paes de Faria
Scotland (12 species)
Alison O’Hara
Andrew Glaysher
Graham Smith
Keith Edwards
Malcolm Hall
Quentin Macfarlane
Rachal Mackay-Austin
Andrew Whitelee
Penny Insole
Roy Atkins
Spain (3 species)
Basque Country/Navarra
Gorka Gorospe
Sweden (4 species)
Honor Prentice
Karin Johnson
Ukraine (0 species)
Liudmila Karukina
Wales (8 species)
Tony Gallon

Participating organisations in 2019

Wader Conservation World Watch – 2018 statistics

145.5 Species
309 Observers
37 Countries
6 Continents
9 Flyways
Read the WCWW Special Edition Newsletters.

Wader Conservation World Watch – 2017 statistics

131 Species

327 Observers

35 Countries

6 Continents

9 Flyways

Wader Conservation World Watch



Wader Conservation World Watch – 2016 statistics

125 Species

245 Observers

38 Countries

6 Continents

9 Flyways

Wader Conservation World Watch



Wader Conservation World Watch – 2015 statistics

125 Species

182 Observers

33 Countries

6 Continents

9 Flyways

Wader Conservation World Watch



Wader Conservation World Watch – 2014 statistics

117 Species

70 Observers

19 Countries

6 Continents

9 Flyways