World Shorebird Day A Day To Celebrate Our Wonderful Waders

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Waders on mass a breath-taking sight - here in Norfolk on The Wash.

We love shorebirds, or as we prefer to call them here in the UK, waders they are an amazing family of birds for many reasons and they look great. If we had to pick just one reason why we love waders it would have to be their amazing migrations, some of the journeys undertaken by this wonderful family of birds are truly mind-blowing! Waders can be and are seen across the globe making them accessible to all of us even miles from the coast or water bodies surprisingly waders occur. Take the beautiful Eurasian Dotterel, a true wader, yet it breeds on the bare tops of high mountains! Or perhaps the UK’s most gorgeous wader, the Lapwing, found in grasslands way away from the coast and sadly in steep decline, one of the aims of World Shorebird Day is to highlight the conservation issues facing our wonderful waders.

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Eurasian Dotterel photographed on the Great Orme, North Wales.

Some 50% of the world’s shorebird species are in decline, and vital habitat is being lost at a higher rate than ever. We urgently need to raise public awareness around the world of these imperilled birds’ plight and the need for shorebird conservation and research.

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A male Lapwing such a beautiful wader and one we need to work hard not to lose.

Healthy populations of shorebirds depend on healthy wetlands—and so do thousands of human lives around the world. Action on a global scale is needed to help connect people and shorebirds. We created World Shorebirds Day with the following aims:

1. To raise awareness of the need to protect shorebirds and their habitats throughout their life cycles.

2. To raise public awareness of the need for continued shorebird research, monitoring, and conservation.

3. To connect people with shorebirds through wetland sites around the world.


Gyorgy Szimuly is a Hungarian birder and conservationist. For the past 35 years, he has concentrated on global shorebird conservation, bird monitoring, wetlands restoration, and shorebird population ecology. Convinced that the world’s shorebirds deserved a day of celebration, he created World Shorebirds Day, observed every year in early September in conjunction with a Global Shorebird Count.

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This pair of Wood Sandpipers were photographed on one of our Finland & Norway tours.

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Crab Plover was a dream bird to enjoy in North-West India just fantastic.

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We have been lucky to enjoy White-crowned Lapwing in Botswana and South Africa.

Perhaps the most amazing looking shorebird, or wader, in the world, the Ruff.

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