A conference of the International Wader Study Group (WSG) which acts as the SSC/Wetlands International Wader Specialist Group was held in Cdiz, Spain from 25-28 September and drew attention to a disturbing decline in wader populations worldwide. It brought together 132 specialists from 20 countries to review the population and conservation status of waders (or shorebirds) around the world. The status of waders in all regions was assessed using the best  available data and information, drawing on several major programmes that  have compiled recent population data. In particular, a major WSG review of the status of waders in Africa and Western Eurasia has just been completed and has collated extensive new data across these areas. Of populations with known trends, 48% are declining, in contrast to just 16% which are increasing  The reasons for these declines are diverse and poorly understood.


For more information contact David Stoud. Email: David.Stroud@jncc.gov.uk