Updated final results for WCWW8 2021!
See who saw what, and where, in the Newsletter Special.
WCWW8 2021 results
Observers 582; Species 176; Countries 65.
Thank you to everyone who took part so enthusiastically again this year.
WCWW9 will take place on November 5th and 6th 2022.
Please join us to celebrate wader conservation around the world
Participating organisations 2021 WCWW8
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: email@example.com OR share you eBird list(s) with user name WaderQuestTeam.