Friday, 19 December 2014

Season's Greetings and a big THANK YOU.



We have always said that bird people are good people; we can now confidently extend that still further to say that wader people are wonderful people and this year you have proved it by helping us to make this first year of our existence as a charity really rather remarkable. 

Elis and I have put in a lot of work this year, but none of it would have been worth a bean if it hadn't been for the generous and kind support, help and advice we have received from our Trustees and many other people along the way and for that reason we want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you who has helped us in so many ways this year.

Here are some of our friends to help us:


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Hooded Plover funds and how your money was spent

Wader Quest had an appeal to raise £1,000 to send to BirdLife Australia to help them with funding at a time when their government funding had been cut in addition to the £175.00 we took with us to Melbourne last year. In the end we sent an additional £1,128.50 thanks to the generosity of your donations and funds raised by other means.

Hooded Plovers on a Victoria beach.
Today we received a letter from Grainne Maguire the Coast and Marine Progamme Manager for BirdLife Australia thanking us for the donation and explaining how it has been allocated.

Much of the success of BirdLife Australia's beach nesting birds programme has been due to a vast army of volunteers, much good work (raising the fledging rate from 5% to 50% in 6 years) has been achieved in quite simple, yet affective projects and campaigns principally raising awareness among local populations and beach goers.

To this end we are pleased that some of our donation has been spent on re-printing the booklet My Hoodie which is used in the training of new volunteers at beaches that have not previously been monitored and newcomers to established projects alike, it is good to know that the funds will have a lasting and practical use.

BirdLife Australia's My Hoodie guide for volunteers.

The remainder of the funding was then used to produce 10 large canvas banners that say 'Chicks on the Beach, Stay out of Reach'. Grainne explains how these will be used;

These banners are used at busy beach sites after the eggs have hatched, to warn beach users that they are approaching an area with tiny, flightless chicks on the beach. We find they are very effective and can't be missed by approaching people. They are a great cue for people to leash their dogs and to keep to the water's edge.

Grainne Maguire, Renee Mead and Meg Cullen, BirdLife Australia staff working on the Beach Nesting Birds Programme. They are holding one of the posters, that you helped to pay for, which will be used to help protect vulnerable Hooded Plover chicks on the beaches of southern Australia.

It is very gratifying to know that all the effort we put in and all your generosity and that of our supporters, will make a real difference in a practical way to aid the conservation of one of the world's struggling wader species.

We wish Grainne and her wonderful team of staff and volunteers at BirdLife Australia's beach nesting bird programme every success for the future and thank them for looking after these precious birds on our behalf.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Key to the Lars Jonsson poster

Many people have bought the Lars Jonsson poster that we have been lucky enough to be able to make available following our trip to Sweden earlier this year where we were fortunate to meet up with this much admired artist.

A lot of people have since asked us to confirm the identities of the species concerned (as they are only listed in Swedish), as a result of these enquiries we have created this little key to the birds pictured.

Please note the letters A-R and species list are added here by Wader Quest and do not appear on the poster itself

Unfortunately our stock of posters that had been signed by Lars has now run out, demand was, as you'd expect, great. However we do still have some unsigned posters in stock, so, if you would still like to get one to decorate your office, school, bird centre or bedroom, please feel free to get in touch via our email