The International Wader Study Group strongly promotes shorebird conservation, and through its members, conferences and publications, increase knowledge concerning waders and their status. The more members we have, the stronger our voice so join up, and read on.

Migratory Waders in Africa and Western Eurasia in the 1990s was a collaborative exercise to re-evaluate population sizes and trends of all species of migratory waders in Africa and Western Eurasia. It was published as International Wader Studies 15.

Breeding Waders in Europe 2000 was a collaborative exercse to produce new population estimates for all waders breeding in Europe and is now published as International Wader Studies 14

The Cadiz Conclusions draws attention to worldwide declines in shorebird populations…PDF

The Kollumerpomp Statement concerns the conservation status of waders breeding and wintering on lowland farmland in Europe.


New: report of workshop "Space for Waders", held 12 September 2016 in Trabolgan, Ireland.

On 12 September 2016, BirdWatch Ireland and the International Wader Study Group, has brought together professional and amateur specialists from over 20 countries to meet in Ireland to review how sea-level rise threatens migratory shorebirds. The IWSG workshop report titled “Space for Waders: Managing resource needs of coastal waders in the context of rising sea-levels” can be downloaded: Space for Waders – Workshop report IWSG workshop on sea-level rise_12 September 2016.

Main conclusion

In view of the predicted effect of sea-level rise on wader habitats, the workshop has identified a lack in overview of expected large-scale effects  of sea-level rise that will have impact on populations of shorebirds.

Call for action

The IWSG therefore calls for detailed interactive documentation showing the predicted changes in sea-levels at key wader sites to become available for each flyway. This will inform and identify key pro-active actions that will benefit critical populations.

Workshop organisers, Olivia Crow& Lesley Lewis, added: “It would be tragic if we do not arm ourselves with the coordinated information to help conserve these spectacular birds which have evolved to make use of such difficult conditions, only to be threatened by the results of human activity.”