WCWW11 2024

2nd & 3rd November


WCWW10 newsletter now published

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

1) Simply go and see waders or shorebirds

(birds of the suborder Charadrii). Download our pack here.

2) Tell us what you saw, where and with whom,

(send us photos if you have them):


online: log your sightings here


email: wcww@waderquest.net


share your eBird list(s) with username 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.

  Please join us to celebrate wader conservation around the world

Stand up for waders and show you care.


Caring is the first step to conservation.

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;

Participating Organisations for WCWW10 2023



Purple Plover Consulting

    Richmond & Twickenham Local Group


Final results for WCWW9 2022!

See who saw what, and where, in the Newsletter Special.


WCWW9 2022 results

Observers 451; Species 150; Countries 52.

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

All previous newsletters here.


Participating organisations 2022 WCWW9


Historical Statistics