The International Wader Study Group maintains contacts with many regional, national and international bodies interested in shorebird research and conservation. IWSG Projects are co-operative studies of mutual interest and include intensive studies on individual species and large-scale colour-marking studies. Below is a list of current and recent projects. If you are interested in running an IWSG Project, please contact the Projects Coordinator, Jannik Hansen (email).
Since 2016, the International Wader Study Group annually funds small projects.
The IWSG Colour-mark Register is the definitive database of all colour-marking schemes for waders in Europe and the East Atlantic flyway.
Sanderlings (Calidris alba) are long-distance migrating shorebirds that occur in intertidal areas, and particularly on sandy beaches, worldwide. They are well known as the clock-work-toy shorebird that runs in and out of the surf, but there are still many unknowns about the life of this enigmatic wader. We intend to answer those questions about the life of Sanderlings, and anyone can help us with this.
Geolocators are an increasingly popular technology for studying the movements of individual birds.
The aim of the Project was to coordinate counting of European Golden Plovers in October 2008 whilst relatively concentrated in northwest Europe. This survey followed a previous survey in 2003, plus earlier coordinated counts in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.
The Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) is a common migrant at inland wetlands of Europe and Africa, yet prior to this IWSG Project, its movements had not been comprehensively studied.
Following previous surveys, and continuing the 6-year cycle of Golden Plover surveys, the Project aimed to coordinate counting in all European countries where significant numbers of Golden Plovers could be expected during October 2014. The survey was coordinated by Chas Holt (BTO, UK) via individual country organisers. The priority weekend for the counts was 11-12 October 2014. Please email your country organiser (or Chas - firstname.lastname@example.org) with counts you have of Golden Plovers at that