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

 

Participating organisations in 2018

Wader Conservation World Watch – 2017 statistics

131 species

327 Observers

35 Countries

6 Continents

9 flyways

Wader Conservation World Watch

 

Species recorded

 

African Jacana
Comb-crested Jacana
Wattled Jacana
Bronze-winged Jacana
Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Greater Painted-Snipe
Magellanic Oystercatcher
Blackish Oystercatcher
American 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
American Avocet
Red-necked Avocet
Eurasian Stone Curlew
Water Thick-knee
Spotted Thick-knee
Beach Stone-curlew
Collared Pratincole
Magellanic Plover
Northern Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
Spur-winged Lapwing

Crowned Lapwing
African Wattled Lapwing
White-crowned Lapwing
Black-winged Lapwing
Grey-headed Lapwing
Red-wattled 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
Killdeer
Piping Plover
Kittlitz’s Plover
Three-banded Plover
White-fronted Plover
Kentish Plover
White-faced plover
Snowy Plover
Malaysian Plover
Red-capped Plover
Collared Plover
Two-banded Plover
Double-banded Plover
Lesser Sandplover
Greater Sand Plover

Wilson’s Plover
Eurasian Dotterel
Hooded Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel
Red-kneed Dotterel
Wrybill
Eurasian Woodcock
American Woodcock
Jack Snipe
African Snipe
Common Snipe
Latham’s Snipe
South American Snipe
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Asian Dowitcher
Black-tailed Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Little Curlew
Eurasian Whimbrel
Hudsonian Whimbrel
Eurasian Curlew
Far Eastern Curlew
Long-billed 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
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Spoon-billed Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Ruff
Grey Phalarope
Snowy Sheathbill

 

Participating Organisations – 2017

 

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