Dotterel; What’s in a name?

The Dotterel Charadrius morinellus; when I first heard the name as a youngster it was one of those, almost mythical species, which, as far as I could see, I had little or no chance of ever seeing. In those days … Continued

Wader Conservation World Watch results and newsletter out now!

Stop Press: 11th hour additions to lists as we prepared to post. WCWW7 has been a great success, despite initial fears prompted by the problems of lockdowns and restricted movement around the world due to Covid-19. We have set a … Continued

A mythical Māori bird is gone, but its name still lives on (albeit in an extinct bird!)

This is a story that would sit well in the pages of An Inspiration Of Waders, our last book where we investigated how waders have inspired, among other things, myths and legends. This is the story of the Hakawai, a … Continued

An Inspiration of Waders

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Why the collective noun for a swirling mass of waders over an estuary should be An Inspiration of Waders. Collective nouns can sometimes be very apt, ‘a pack of knots’ for example. These lovely creatures pack together when they gather … Continued

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