Sunday 4 October 2015

A successful International Wader Study Group conference in Iceland.

We travelled on Wednesday night to Iceland and arrived on a cold and blustery night just after mid-night.

Our Icelandair flight banks sharply soon after take off from Heathrow.
The next morning we attended the International Wader Study Group (IWSG) executive committee meeting which was an all day meeting. It was great to meet the other members of the committee and learn a bit more about how the group is run.

The following day we hired a car and set off in search of birds; waders in particular. During our trip we found Eurasian Golden Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Common Redshank, Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone and Common Snipe.

Ruddy Turnstone (left) and Common Ringed Plovers
Common Redshank

Golden Plovers with a single Dunlin (top left)

That evening we were given the opportunity to talk to the delegates to introduce ourselves and Wader Quest.

The conference proper started the next morning with the AGM where Elis and I were officially voted into our new position as joint Membership Secretaries. This was followed two days of short talks at the conference. They were many and varied under the headings of; Behaviour, Conservation, Migration, Demography, and Molecular and physiology. There were some really interesting and stimulating talks with much humour, something for everyone to enjoy.

Delegates enjoying one of the talks



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