Every year on the first weekend of November we celebrate the Anniversary of the start of Wader Quest, which occurred on the 1st of November 2012, when we started our travels to find waders around the world. The celebration takes the form of an international event – Wader Conservation World Watch.

 

Wader Conservation World Watch

 

The first WCWW was in 2014 the year we finished our travels. Each year since then it has grown in the number of people taking part and also the number of locations and species counted.

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, a ringer, a conservationist, a birdwatcher or a fundraiser, this event is there to say ‘thank you’ to them and for the participants to say ‘I Care’ about what is happening to the worlds waders.

So far, more thank 300 individuals and 27 organisations have taken part in the event demonstrating that they, like us, care that:

  • 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?

 

email address waderquest@gmail.com

Wader Conservation World Watch – 2018 statistics

145.5 Species

309 Observers

37 Countries

6 Continents

9 Flyways

Read the WCWW Special Edition Newsletters.

Species recorded

 

African Jacana
Comb-crested Jacana
Wattled Jacana
Greater Painted-Snipe
South American Painted-Snipe
Magellanic Oystercatcher
Blackish Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher
American Black Oystercatcher
African Black Oystercatcher
Eurasian Oystercatcher
South Island Oystercatcher
Pied Oystercatcher
Variable Oystercatcher
Sooty Oystercatcher
Black-winged Stilt
White-headed Stilt
Black-necked Stilt
White-backed Stilt
Black Stilt
Pied Avocet
Ibisbill
Eurasian Stone-Curlew
Water Thick-knee
Spotted Thick-knee
Senegal Thick-knee
Double Striped Thick-knee
Bush Stone-Curlew
Beach Stone-curlew
Three-banded Courser
Bronze-winged Courser
Double-banded Courser
Temminck’s Courser
Burchell’s Courser

Collared Pratincole
Black-winged Pratincole
Northern Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
Spur-winged Lapwing
Sociable Lapwing
Crowned Lapwing
African Wattled Lapwing
Black-headed Lapwing
Long-toed Lapwing
White-crowned Lapwing
Black-winged Lapwing
Senegal Lapwing
Grey-headed Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing
Yellow Wattled Lapwing
Banded Lapwing
Masked Lapwing
Black-shouldered Lapwing
Southern Lapwing
European Golden Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
American Golden Plover
Grey Plover
Northern Red-breasted Plover
Common Ringed Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Long-billed Plover
Eurasian Dotterel
Killdeer
Kittlitz’s Plover
Three-banded Plover
Chestnut-banded Plover
White-fronted Plover
Kentish Plover
Snowy Plover

 

Red-capped Plover
Collared Plover
Two-banded Plover
Double-banded Plover
Lesser Sandplover
Greater Sand Plover
Wilson’s Plover
Caspian Plover
Oriental Plover
Hooded Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel
Wrybill
Inland Dotterel
Eurasian Woodcock
African Snipe
Common Snipe
Pin-tailed Snipe
Solitary Snipe
Latham’s Snipe
South American Snipe
Jack Snipe
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Asian Dowitcher
Black-tailed Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Eurasian Whimbrel
Hudsonian Whimbrel
Eurasian Curlew
Far Eastern Curlew
Spotted Redshank
Common Redshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Nordmann’s Greenshank
Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs
Green Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Grey-tailed Tattler
Willet
Ruddy Turnstone
Black Turnstone
Great Knot
Red Knot
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Little Stint
Least Sandpiper
Long-toed Stint
Temminck’s Stint
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Ruff
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Wilson’s Phalarope
Common Buttonquail

Roll of Honour

 

AFRICA

Mozambique
Inhambane
Gary Rowan
Maputo
Gary Allport

Namibia
Erongo
Jason Boyce
Peter Hilton

South Africa
Gauteng Province
Dries du Plessis
Dylan Vasapoli
Helen Badenhorst
Jenny Sharland
Lance Robinson
Niall Perrins
Owen Oertli
Peter Sharland
Sue Oertli
Sydney Zeederberg
Werner van Goethem
KwaZulu-Natal Province
Ian Gordon
Mike Maxted
Nick Schaller
Tyron Dall
Limpopo Province
Mark Tittley
Mpumalanga Province
Anneke Vincent
Ashwell Glasson
Lisl van Deventer
North West Province
Celia Human
Charles CF Truter
Grant Egan
Shaun Mc Gillewie
Jaco Botes
Tony Archer
Free State Province
Niall Perrins
Jan Griesel
Riette Griesel
Cape Province
Amanda Walden
Brittany Ardense
Bruce Ward-Smith
Craig Midgley
Dennis Walden
Domminic Rollinson
Eddie du Plessis
Elmarie Brits
Estelle Smelberger
Jan Kotze
Kellyn Whitehead
Linda du Plessis
Salome Willemse
Selena Flores
Vanessa Stephen
Mike Bridgeford
Tanzania
Chris Schmeling
Nani Dowling
The Gambia
Abdoulie Ndure
Zimbabwe
Wesley Gush
Sean Ross
James Ball
Jean-Michel Blake
Steve Edwards

MIDDLE EAST

Israel
Central Coastal Plain
Shai Blitzblau*
Iris Adar
Rivka Shaham
Daphna Polak
Avi Weisz
Hefer Valley
Shai Blitzblau
Iris Adar
Jezreel Valley
Eldad Amir
Northern Coastal Plain
Micha Mandel
Western Negev
Shlomi Levi

United Arab Emirates
Tommy Pedersen
Valentin Motteau

ASIA

Bhutan
Bumthang
Pema Dorji

India
Maharashtra
Ritesh Dighe

China
Jiangxi
Zhang Lin

Japan
Chiba
Tomomi Kawasumi
Gifu
Rob Edmunds

Malaysia
Johor
Andy Dinesh
David Tan
Jerome Pang
Koji Ichiyama
Penang
Geam Liang Chng

Thailand
Phetchaburi
Nick Upton

AUSTRALASIA

Australia
New South Wales
Nick Brooks
Northern Territory
Grace Maglio
Amanda Lilleyman
Queensland
Chris Barnes
Renate Hottmann-Schaefer
Sandra Taylor
Zorica Komac
Victoria
Andrea Dennett

New Zealand
Auckland
Amanda Hunt
Keith Woodley
Tony Habraken
Canterbury
David Jackson
Northland
Ria Migaloo

THE AMERICAS
Argentina
Córdoba
Walter Eugenio Cejas

Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
Beatriz Blauth
Rio Grande do Norte
Jônathas Gabriel Sudário Barros
Amanda Moura Maia
Bruno Rodrigo de Albuquerque França
João Paulo Damasceno
São Paulo
Bruno Neri
Andrew Simpson

Canada
Prince Edward Island
Donna Martin

Colombia
Bolivar
Carlos Ruiz-Guerra

Panamá
Panamá
Rosabel Miró

Falkland Islands
Anny Brown

Perú
Mariamercedes Antezana Aponte
Renato Huayanca Munarriz

Renzo Zeppilli
Yaquelin Milagras Tenorio Leyra

United States of America
California
Becky Bowen
Jeanette Boyer
Winston Bowen
Connecticut
Annette Cunniffe
Gina Nichol
Florida
Rebecca Ruthberg-Campagna
Neil Hughes
Massachusetts
Knut Hansen
Pennsylvania
Georgia Feild

Venezuela
Carabobo
Hugo Rodríguez-Garcia

Zulia
Francisco Inciarte
Lermith Torres
Libicni Rivero
Luis Loyo

CARIBBEAN

Anguilla
Jackie Cestero

EUROPE

Bulgaria
Burgos
Desislava Stefanova
Ivailo Dimtchev
Ralitsa Georgieva
Vladimir Mladenov

Belgium
West Flanders
Alicia Mottur

England
Buckinghamshire
Rob Norris
Cheshire
Daniel Owen
George Dunbar
Cleveland
Damian Money
County Durham
Mark Fullerton
Devon
Martin Wood
Dorset
Martin Wood
East Sussex
Barry Yates
Essex
Chris Balchin
Gerald Rayner
Janet Avery
Liz Huxley
Mark Bridges
Gloucestershire
Jon Mercer
Roberta Goodall
Hampshire
Carol Watt
Mike Copland
Peter Hutchins
Lancashire
Colin Gould
Jo Gould
Lincolnshire
Elis Simpson
Rick Simpson
Toby Collett
Norfolk
Allan Archer
Harry Ewing
Ian Dearing
Shropshire
Ruth Thomas
Tyne & Wear
St Mary’s Sea Watch
West Sussex
Sheila Ryde

France
Aude
Steve Lanchbury
Île de France
David Flack
La Réunion
Adrien Chaigne
Carmen Molino
Céline Sénécaud
Chantal Costa
Claude Lafuente
Damien Chiron
Denis Cuenin
Dominique Grangeorges
Dylan Onorato
G. Payet
Jaime Martinez
Jean-Cyrille Notter
Jean-François Cornuaille
Jean-Marie Tichon
Joseph Spodola
Laurent Brillard
Léo Broudic
Martin Riethmuller
Mathilde Schmitt
Michèle Marty
Nicolas Juillet
Patrice Deboisvilliers
Romain Fernandez
Serge Garnier
Stéphane Michel
Sylvain Poisblaud
Théo Rambeau
Loire-Atlantique
Gwenael Quaintenne

Ireland
County Clare
Tom Lynch
County Cork
Gavin Thomas
Jez Simms

Northern Ireland
County Antrim
Ric Else
Hazel Watson

Portugal
Coimbra
Rui Macahado
Porto
Paulo Paes de Faria
Setúbal
Paula Lopes

Scotland
Aberdeenshire
Andrew Whitelee
Angus
Alison O’Hara
Andrew Glaysher
Andrew Whitelee
Andy Wakelin
Graham Smith
Iain Bennie
Joyce Cooper
Rob Noble Nesbit
Ayrshire
Wendy Kellett
Fife
Dougie Dickson
Ross-shire
Penny Insole

Spain
Basque Country
Itziar Gutiérrez
Valencia
Yanina Maggiotto

Sweden
Skåne
Honor Prentice
Oskar Löfgren

Wales
Carmarthenshire
Dan Rouse
Conwy
Ivan Sansom

Participating organisations in 2018

Wader Conservation World Watch – 2017 statistics

131 Species

327 Observers

35 Countries

6 Continents

9 Flyways

Wader Conservation World Watch

 

 

Wader Conservation World Watch – 2016 statistics

125 Species

245 Observers

38 Countries

6 Continents

9 Flyways

Wader Conservation World Watch

 

 

Wader Conservation World Watch – 2015 statistics

125 Species

182 Observers

33 Countries

6 Continents

9 Flyways

Wader Conservation World Watch

 

 

Wader Conservation World Watch – 2014 statistics

117 Species

70 Observers

19 Countries

6 Continents

9 Flyways