100% of proceeds from all titles go to Wader Quest – be entertained and support wader conservation at the same time.

Now available!

A Quest for Waders. £15.00 plus p&p 

(NOTE: p&p in UK £3.50; if ordering from outside UK please email sales@waderquest.net for up to date postage costs.)

Rick Simpson introduces the book – click the image above to view © Wader Quest

The long awaited book chronicling Rick and Elis Simpson’s travels to see as many waders, or shorebirds if you prefer, in a year.

This book has it all, hilarious anecdotes told in a gritty style, personal family tragedy, elation and disappointment, joy and woe. The descriptive text conjures up the birds and places visited, all written with a weathered eye on the conservation issues facing waders across the globe.

There are two journeys running trough this book, the travelling to see waders, and the story of Wader Quest itself from its inadvertent beginnings to the charity it is today.

Rick and Elis Simpson have sacrificed much in their lives to dedicate their time and energy into promoting wader conservation. Find out what drives them in their all consuming passion for these wonderful birds.

Foreword by Dominic Couzens.

‘I looked into the foreword and the first couple of pages and, before I knew where I was, I found myself completing chapter three!!  Great pictures too. Warm congratulations on what will surely become a birders’ best seller.’          – Keith Lodge

‘Breathtakingly excellent – like a birding Michael Palin. The photographs and drawings are fantastic, and the text is fast-moving, endlessly entertaining and amusing.’ – Jim Wright

Read a review by Jim Wright; Hon Sec. Lincolnshire Bird Club (The Wryneck Blogspot)

‘This book is all of the things that the reviews on the back cover [see below], and the excellent Foreword by Dominic Couzens, promise.’  – Mike and Rose Clear.

Rick’s descriptions, in particular of the rarer species, are detailed and important, while Elis’ pictures are amazing when you consider the conditions under which some of them were taken. 
I would recommend reading this book, Rick has the knack of telling a good story.
A book which educates and entertains in equal measure.
Andrew MacGarvey

Read a full review by Andrew MacGarvey Editor of the Bucks Bird Club Bulletin

Do the long, dark evenings make you daydream about a life change?
Rick and Elis Simpson went ahead and did it!
The result is a very entertaining and well written book about dreams, conservation and, above all, waders! Get a copy.
– Dominic Couzens

Rick is a natural storyteller, it is clear that he has a unique understanding and love of birds, particularly waders.
Writing with a palpable warmth, Rick certainly has the ability to deliver a poignant message.
This book has an enchanting montage of experiences and, with Elis’ beautiful colour photographs, it is perfect for all to enjoy
– Sandra Herman JP. MSc. BSc (Hons).

ISBN 978-0-9955146-2-1 (Wader Quest Publishing)

A5 portrait format. Contains 362 pages of lively text written by Rick Simpson.

54 pages with colour photos by Elis Simpson

© Elis Simpson

36 line drawings of waders by Rick Simpson

© Rick Simpson

From the back cover;

‘A must-read for all birders.’ – Iolo Williams

‘A brilliant read.’ – Tim Appleton MBE

‘I was hooked by the prologue.’ – Debbie Pain:

‘Fascinating book.’ – Rebecca Armstrong

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An Inspiration of Waders by Rick and Elis Simpson was £9.99, now only £8.50

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This A5 150 page book looks at the cultural connection we have with waders and how they have inspired us down the centuries. It looks at how the authors have been inspired by waders and how other waderologists have likewise been inspired. It looks at some of the myths and legends surrounding this interesting group of birds plus their place in art, music and literature.

Waders have inspired many things in human history from hieroglyphs to voyages of discovery, many of which are featured. Some waders themselves have proved to be inspirational and their stories can be found within this book.

The underlying purpose of the book is to encourage the use of a suggested new collective noun for a mixed or unidentified flock of waders over an estuary (no prizes for guessing what it is).

Three appendices cover other collective nouns for waders, a ditty about the Spoon-billed Sandpiper and information about Wader Quest.

The foreword is by Keith Betton; Hampshire County Recorder, former Council Member of the RSPB and currently Vice President of the BTO.

ISBN 978-0-9955146-1-4 (Wader Quest Publishing)

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Eury the Spoon-billed Sandpiper was £7.99 now only £7.50


An A5, 80 page book following the life of Eury, a spoon-billed sandpiper, from hatching until…well… you’ll have to read it to find out!
ISBN 978-0-9955146-0-7 (Wader Quest Publishing)

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Eury the Spoon-billed Sandpiper – testimonials

“I Really enjoyed reading the lovely book you wrote. There are all kinds of ways that I can use it in the class. I think that your book would be ideal to use in conjunction with a field project I am planning: ‘Farmers For Shigi’ (Shigi is the Japanese word for waders) and my students would try to encourage farmers to keep some of their rice paddies covered in water during the passage of waders in Spring and Autumn.”
Rob Edmunds
Applied Biology Lecturer, Gifu University, Japan.

“I really enjoyed reading Eury the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. It is a story about a spoon-billed sandpiper who was migrating during winter. I liked it because I learnt new things, like birds, [countries] and facts I haven’t heard before like, birds migrate during winter and that birds eat insects and flies. I would give this book 5/5. I recommend that other children should read it.”
Poppy Bradbury
Aged 8

“‘Eury The Spoon-billed Sandpiper’ is a beautifully written and illustrated story about the life cycle experience of a critically endangered wader. The title itself provides an interesting and subtle reference to the scientific name for this wader species.
We get to know Eury and his family as we might any family. Sometimes to anthropomorphise in this way can be strained, but here it is comfortable and compelling. We can easily envisage our own grandchildren being captivated by Eury’s life and the many adventures he encounters, and experiencing the many emotions that, like all good stories, it evokes.
Of course, “Eury The Spoon-billed Sandpiper” is more than a delightful children’s story, because through it, the authors Rick and Elis Simpson who reveal intimate knowledge of the birds, provide a powerful conservation message about the many threats including, and perhaps especially, from ‘the creatures that walk upright’. The clever insinuation of themselves into the story, as friendly upright creatures, is a gem.
We applaud the authors and the illustrator for this charming and important contribution to children’s literature about endangered waders.”
Mike & Rose Clear
(Authors of “Letters to the Family – The Story of an Endangered Shorebird”: Envirobook, Sydney 2010)
Cudmirrah, NSW South Coast, Australia

“I read the “Eury” book, and I’ll read it to my daughter – I’m sure she’ll be moved by the story like I was. She’s always loved all animals, and has a particular soft spot for baby birds. I particularly appreciated the sympathy toward the birds on their migrations – for everything they have to go through from one place to another. It’s a refreshing change from the emphasis on only the scientific aspects of birds, seeing them as sensitive fellow creatures”
Alicia Mottur, Belgium

“Having sat and read your book from cover to cover, I can honestly say that it is a delightful book that will inspire anyone who reads it… Clearly, this is a book that is intended primarily for educational purposes, but with the added bonus of being an enjoyable read. Targeted at the right audience, this is a book that will urge many young people to want to take action in order to help, not only spoon-billed sandpipers, but all of our wading bird species (It certainly made me want to do something).”
Mark Croot, Primary School teacher, UK

“Loving the book… reading it to Alice at the minute… she is [enjoying it] and she asks questions as we read it… nothing we can’t answer. It’s a wonderful little book.”
Andrew Dove, UK via twitter.

Sorry for the long delay in replying! I’ve been wanting to write for a long time to tell you that Eury was a success with my son! To the point that after the 3rd chapter he could not wait to have a chapter read per night, and when we were done he asked to very interesting questions: 1) Can you buy book number 2? 2) Can we study Spoon-billed Sandpiper as well as Buff-breasted Sandpipers (he’s been to the field with me banding buffies some years ago)? – I was also very happy with the book, it was helpful to teach my son some everyday issues, especially related to dangers of life and how parents try to protect their kids. It actually made me think about working with the Buff-breasted Sandpiper group and writing about their story from the Arctic to southern Brazil… Who knows…
Juliana Almeida, Brazil