Countdown to WCWW8 6th & 7th November 2021:

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: OR share you eBird list(s) with user name WaderQuestTeam.

  • 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.
    Participating organisations 2021 WCWW8

    Final results for WCWW7 2020

    Species 167; Countries 53; Observers 489.

    Thank you to everyone who took part so enthusiastically this year.

    View the new look Wader Quest Newsletter WCWW special for 2020. 

    Talk Wildlife interview about WCWW7





    Historical Statistics