The 4th WCWW will take place on the 4th and 5th November 2017
Make a note in your diary to join in the fun.
To take part is as simple as A,B,C.

A.     Go out and see waders/shorebirds wherever you are in the world.
B.     Send us an email telling us what you have seen and where.
C.     Look for your birds on the species list and your name on the roll of honour on this website.

You will also receive a Wader Quest The Newsletter WCWW e-newsletter special to your email address with all the results, lists and the roll of honour. 

It is that easy; no registration required just good old-fashioned bird watching... Oh! And an email. waderquest@gmail.com 

Wader Conservation World Watch is all about participating and standing up to say 

"We Care!"

We care that the Yellow Sea is being devastated.
We care that 80% of UK Northern Lapwings have disappeared.
We care that the Spoon-billed Sandpiper is heading for extinction.
We care that 48% of known wader populations are in decline.
We care that hay meadow nesting chicks are being destroyed by early mowing.
We care that thousands of waders are still hunted.
We care that Hooded Plovers still can't find a place on the beach to breed.
We care that wetlands are being drained.
We care that 97% of Irish breeding Eurasian Curlews have gone.
We care that Black Stilts only cling to existence due to captive breeding.
We care that 6 wader species are Extinct.
We care that 8 wader species are Critically Endangered.
We care that 4 of those are probably Extinct.
We care that 9 wader species are Endangered (2 new recently).
We care that 9 wader species are Vulnerable.
We care that 29 wader species are Near threatened (6 new recently)
and finally 
We care enough to stand up and be counted.

If you are part of an organisation which wishes to support the project please get in touch and we'll add your logo to those below.

Note: For our purposes there is no necessity to count the birds however if you are willing and able to do so we would encourage you to enter your lists on public databases such as eBird and BirdTrack to add to our general knowledge of wader distribution and population levels. In particular we would be interested to hear about any colour-ringed or flagged birds, information that may be of some interest to researchers.

2016 results

Together we have seen 125 species
There have been 245 observers
In 38 countries
On 6 continents in all flyways.

Prize Draw:
Congratulations to Beatriz Blauth in Brazil who received a pair of Opticron 8x40 binoculars, Natalie Forsdick who won a signed Lars Jonsson wader poster and Alexia Fishwick who won a signed Eury the Spoon-billed Sandpiper book. 
                    Roll of Honour                     
Maputo - Gary Allport.               
South Africa 
Gauteng -  Brittany Arendse; Sean Byrne; William Grobbelaar; Rodney Haworth; Peter & Ineke Huggins; Christo Kente; Eddie & Daphne Lee; Martin & Edwina McKowen; Gisela Ortner; Lance Robinson; Peter Sharland; David Stimbles; Graham Warne; Jean Wilson.  
Western Cape - Mike Bridgeford; Mark Brown; Selena Flores; Rob May; Mike & Dawn Pearce; Bruce Ward-Smith. 
Harry Brown; Harriet Clark; Veronique Coutee; Jamie Dunlop; Monica Griffiths; Aurelie Hector; Sian Liversage; Constance Traggett.

Patagonia - Mirta Carbajal.
Salta - Tom & Muriel Cadwallender.
Santa Cruz - Michael & Paula Webster.
Rio Grande do Sul - Beatriz Blauth. 
Rio de Janeiro - Cirilo Vieira.
São Paulo - Fabio Barata; Thiago Malphigi; Bruno Neri; Andrew Simpson.
Ontario - Aubrey& Cheryl Ferguson.
Magellanes y Antártica Chilena - Olivia Blank.
Valparaíso - Alvaro Jaramillo.
Córdoba - Carlos Ruiz.
Galapagos - Jon Mercer.
Demereara-Mahaica - Kathryn Hunter; David Thomforde.
Cortes/Copán - Annette Cunniffe + eleven.
Chihuahua - Karina Avila; Bruno Lima.
Panama - Rosabel Miró; Venicio Wilson.
Asunción - Rob Clay.
California - Becky Bowen
Florida - Lorraine Margeson; Meg Rousher
Massachusetts - Devin Griffiths
New York - Russ Ogden

Jackie Cestero; Molly Nutting.

Maharashtra - Ritesh Dighe; Brodie Lewis; Amit Rai.
Uttarakhand - Steve Race.
East Java - Alfa Hardjoko.
Chiba - Tomomi Kawasumi.
Johor - Chiang Lai Peng.
Labuan - Noralip Hassanuddin; Mohd Aswat; Mohd Sa'dan
Sabah - Davisthon Soitoh; Mohd Nurazmeel Bin Mokhtar.
Selangor - Zaim Hazim Onn.
Manila - Mikael Yari A. & Djanvi A. Ablog; Kim Adriano; Dominic Andrada; Emmanuelle S. Angeles; Albert Balbutin; John Borga; Annalyn Castalla; Princess Del Castillo; Jean Christine G. Dee; Oyet Dolon; April L. Enriquez; Karl lorenzo, San Jose Estuart; Clarena E. Gamilla; Heavenly Joy Garcia; Desiree Charm T. Lombos; Casey Lumagbas; Erica Macapagal; Gleeza Manulat; Erina Molina; Elmer Pedrezuela; Chris Angelo O. Rivero; Kiar Nicole D. Rodriguez; Liselle Santos; Roxanne Angelie San Jose; Josiah David Quimpo; Angel Villamor, Carla Zapanta.
Phetchaburi - Mike Rose.

New South Wales - Fernando Mendoca, Fernandez; Jean Tucker.
Northern Territory - Amanda Lilleyman, Tiffanie Pearse.
Queensland - Renate Hottmann-Schaefer; Erik Sandvig; Zorica Komac.
South Australia - Debra Prestwood
Victoria - Mike & Rose Clear; Andrea Dennett; Katherine Leung; Barry Lingham; Craig Morley; David Tytherleigh.
Western Australia - Tony ?; Helen ?; Diane Bennett; Ken Glasson; Chris Hassell; Grace Maglio; Jill Rowbottom.
New Zealand
Canterbury - Liz Brown + twenty; Stephanie Galla; Ailsa Howard; Cody Thyne.
Manawatu-Wanganui - Angela Parody.
Northland - Ria Migaloo.
Otago - Natalie Forsdick.
Waikato - Russell Cannings; David Lawrie; Michael Lellman; Bruce Postill; Andrew Styche.

Nicosia - Chris & Denise Lamsdell.
Czech Republic 
Plzen - Libor Schröpfer.
Buckinghamshire - Rob Norris.
Cambridgeshire - Doug Radford.
Cheshire - Pete Antrobus RIP; Colin & Jo Gould. 
County Durham - Christopher Bill.
Cumbria - Georgina Blow; Trevor & Margaret Bonham; Inge Bristow; Jade Chenery; Sarah Dalrymple; Rebecca Gledhill; Amy Hopely; Hayden Hurst; Roger Neale; Mari-Ann Park; Rick & Elis Simpson; David Stonehouse.
Devon - Penny Insole; Kevin Rylands.
East Sussex - Stephen Harris; Barry Yates.
East Yorkshire - Andy Hood.
Essex - Julia Lashly, Louis Lawler; Sally Parfitt.
Gloucestershire - Roberta Goodall.
Hertfordshire - Barry Reed.
Isle of Wight - Alexia Fishwick; Ian & Margaret Haigh.
Kent - Sue Healey.
Lancashire -  Richard moriarty; Howard & Geraldine Stockdale.
Lincolnshire - Jon Drakes; Mike Wilson;
London - James Hudson.
Merseyside - Ric Else; Ariadne, Cecily & Knox Heath; Phil & Gail Pickett; Sheila Ryde; Hazel Watson.
Norfolk - Allan Archer; Maureen Irvine; Ross & Jenny Mason (also Suffolk); Rachel Warren.
North Yorkshire - Tom Orde-Powlett.
Somerset - Chris & Mya-Rose Craig; 
Surrey - Lee Dingain; Carey Lodge.
West Sussex - Jill Black.
Worcestershire - John Belsey.
Languedoc - Alan McBride.
Central Macedonia - Stephen Bowen; Ian Bryant; David Calder; David evans; John Fisher; Jenny Hill; Anna Marett; Anne Sampson.
Peloponnese - Nick Gaskill; Susan Gulati.
- James Aquilina.
Zeeland - Astrid Kant; Ronald Messemaker.
Northern Ireland
County Donegal/Fermanagh/Sligo - Michael Stinson.
County Down - Jennifer Lynch; Rasmus Pedersen, Neal Warnock.
Norte - Paulo Paes de Faria
Angus - Iain Bennie; Joyce Cooper; Paul Fraser; Andy lovie; Alison O'Hara; Graeme Smith; Andy Wakelin.
Highland - Scott O'Hara; Marcia Rae
Islay - Gary Turnbull.
Moray - Andrew Whitelee.
Alicante - Martin Griffiths.
Andalucia - Peter Jones.
Navarra - haritz Sarasa Zabala.
Skånor - Oskar Löfgren; Honor Prentice.
Glamorganshire - Dan Rouse

Species list

Comb-crested Jacana
Northern Jacana
Wattled Jacana
Magellanic Oystercatcher
American Black 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
Australian Pratincole
Oriental Pratincole
Collared Pratincole
Northern Lapwing
Blacksmith Lapwing
Spur-winged Lapwing
Black-winged Lapwing
Crowned Lapwing
African Wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing
Masked 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
Wilson's Plover
Piping Plover
Kittlitz's Plover
Three-banded Plover
White-fronted Plover
Kentish Plover
Snowy Plover
Malaysian Plover
Red-capped Plover
Collared Plover
Two-banded Plover
Double-banded Plover
Mongolian Plover
Lesser Sandplover
Greater Sandplover
Oriental Plover
Hooded Dotterel
Black-fronted Dotterel
Magellanic Plover
Eurasian Woodcock
Jack Snipe
Latham's Snipe
African Snipe
Common Snipe
Wilson's Snipe
South American Snipe
Giant Snipe
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Black-tailed Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit
Bar-tailed Godwit
Marbled Godwit
Little Curlew
Eurasian Whimbrel
Hudsonian Whimbrel
Eurasian Curlew
Eastern Curlew
Spotted Redshank
Common Redshank
Marsh Sandpiper
Common Greenshank
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Green Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Grey-tailed Tattler
Wandering Tattler
Eastern Willet
Western Willet
Ruddy Turnstone
Black Turnstone
Great Knot
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Red-necked Stint
Little Stint
Temminck's Stint
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Broad-billed Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Least Seedsnipe
2016 results

Together we have seen 125 species
There have been 245 observers
In 38 countries
On 6 continents in all flyways.

Map by East-Asian Australasian Flyways Partnership EAAFP

2015 results

Together we have seen 125 species
There have been 182 observers
In 33 countries
On 6 continents in all flyways.

Prize Draw:
Congratulations to Mike and Rose Clear of NSW, Australia who received a signed Lars Jonsson wader poster and a set (Nºs 1-8) of Wader Quest Collectables wader pin badges. 

Map by East-Asian Australasian Flyways Partnership EAAFP

2014 results

Together we have seen 117 species
There have been 70 observers
In 19 countries
On 6 continents in all flyways. 

Map by East-Asian Australasian Flyways Partnership EAAFP

Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria: Titchwell RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England. 30/11/2014.



  1. Today 1st November 2015 at my local reserve Upton Warren Worcs UK . Northern Lapwing 200, Curlew 6, Common snipe 51, Jack Snipe flushed just feet away, Green sandpiper. a quiet time of year for waders on the reserve with no passage birds present.

    1. Thanks for your list for yesterday, the world watch is on the 7th and 8th, it was a goodly list though, especially since you saw a Jack Snipe, will you be able to repeat the exercise for next weekend, hopefully the Jack Snipe will still be there! Fingers crossed and thanks gain for your interest.

  2. Looking forward to a cold front hopefully bringing some fresh waders to the New York City area this weekend.

    1. Here´s hoping Dominic! Thanks very much for your support for this event. Cheers! Please let us know by email if you can we may miss it here! Thanks.

  3. Quite waste of our Labuan island North Borneo time spended Observing and Recording the Migrant Waders this year but seems I did not see our works not mentioned in the Malaysian Waders Watch list this year

    1. Sorry we did not receive your list, please contact us so we can add you names to the above list, thank you: waderquest@gmail.com