Terms & Conditions

Below you can read the Terms and Conditions for use of this website, our Limitations of Liability and our Privacy Policy.

Last edited: 29 May 2018

1. Terms and Conditions

By using the International Wader Study Group website at, and by subscribing to a IWSG membership to access Wader Study online you are indicating that you accept the terms and conditions set out below. Users who do not accept these terms of use are not authorised to use or continue using this website.

Access and use

Access to full-text Wader Study content for IWSG individual/family members and institution is controlled by a subscriber username and password. Individuals with valid electronic subscriptions to Wader Study are allowed the download of PDF files for personal non-profit use only. Copying and distributing content of the IWSG website is not allowed without permission of the IWSG.

Institutional access 

Under an institutional membership a limited number of users will be designated to have access. The standard institutional membership rate allows 5 users; the administrator of the institutional membership (usually a librarian) provides IWSG with the names and email addresses of the designated number people they would like to benefit from the membership. Extended member ships rates allowing excess of up to 50 people can be purchased on demand.

Contacting us

If there are any questions regarding the terms of use or when you are experiencing problems to access our website or the content of Wader Study, please contact us at:

2. Limitations of Liability

Owing to the nature of the internet we cannot guarantee that the IWSG website or the websites to which it is linked will always be available to users. You should ensure that you have appropriate protection against viruses and other security arrangements in place whilst using the Internet.

Although we make reasonable effort to ensure that the information on this website is accurate at the time of publication, it is subject to variation at any time without notice and IWSG does not give any warranty that any such information will be accurate or complete at any particular time or at all.

This website and any information or other material contained in it are made available strictly on the basis that you accept it on an ‘as is’ and ‘as available’ basis. Where you rely on any information or other material contained in it, you do so entirely at your own risk and you accept that all warranties, conditions and undertakings, express or implied, whether by common law, statute, trade usage, course of dealings or otherwise in respect of this website are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.

We exclude all liability whatever, to the fullest extent permitted by law, in respect of any loss or damage resulting or arising from any non-availability or use of this website or of any other website linked to it, or from reliance on the contents of this website or any material or content accessed through it.

3. Privacy statement International Wader Study Group

This privacy statement sets out how the International Wader Study Group (IWSG) and the journal Wader Study complies with data protection legal requirements. This applies to the entire website, including journal pages of Wader Study which can be accessed at

This privacy policy has been compiled to better serve those who are concerned with how their personally identifiable information is being used online. Personally identifiable information is information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context.

We have structured our website so that, in general, you can visit the IWSG site without identifying yourself or revealing any personal information. However when you log in, purchase your subscription, register for our annual conference or simply change membership details you will share personal information with us. Please read our privacy policy carefully to get a clear understanding of how we collect, use, protect or otherwise handle your personal information in accordance with our website.

What personal information do we collect from the people that visit our website?

When ordering a membership subscription or registering for an annual conference, purchase back journal or other merchandise, as appropriate you will be asked to enter your name, email address and mailing address. If you opt to pay for either through our site you will be asked to provide debit/credit card information through PayPal.

When do we collect information?

We collect information from you when you register on our site, take out a membership or apply to attend a conference. How do we use your information?

We may use the information we collect from you:

  • To quickly process your transactions.
  • To send periodic emails regarding your membership status, regarding your subscription to our journal Wader Study, or regarding the Group’s news and our annual conferences.

How do we protect visitor information?

Our website on the WordPress core is updated automatically with every new release and regularly checked for any plugin updates. This will prevent security holes and known vulnerabilities in order to make your visit to our site as safe as possible.

  • Your personal information is stored on the web server which is secured by the web host and is only accessible by the Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Conference Coordinator, Webmaster and Chair (for current information of who holds each position see Those who have special access rights to our systems are required to keep the information confidential and to not store information on personal computers.
  • All financial transactions are processed securely through a gateway provider (PayPal) and are not stored or processed on our servers.
  • Personal information of delegates of our Annual Conferences are deleted in the calendar year after the conference year; for historical purposes we archive depersonalized data, e.g. the number of delegates per country.
  • We remove names and personal information of lapsed members after five calendar years; for historical purposes we archive depersonalized data only.

Do we use ‘cookies’?

We use cookies in the conventional way to authenticate users on the site but we do not track people or use them in any other way other than for authentication.

Third Party Disclosure

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information.

Third party links

We do not include or offer third party products or services on our website.


We have not enabled Google AdSense on our site.

How does our site handle do-not-track signals?

We do not track users at all.

Does our site allow third party behavioural tracking?

It is also important to note that we do not allow third party behavioral tracking.

Additional privacy policy statements

Users can visit our site anonymously.

Users will be notified of any privacy policy changes:

  • Via email

Users are able to change their personal information:

After ending your membership, you can request immediate deletion of your personal information by emailing

We will take the following responsive action, should a data breach occur:

  • We will notify the users via email
  • We will notify the users via in site notification
  • We will notify the appropriate authorities

Contacting us

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, or if you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us using the information below: