Preventing the loss of Scotland’s wading birds


Wading birds are an important part of Scotland’s rural heritage, but there is now a real danger that they could vanish. We have lost almost two thirds of our curlews since 1994, and the number of lapwings has halved in the same time. Without urgent action, the future looks bleak for several of our most celebrated and iconic species.


Working For Waders started in 2017 to tackle the decline of wading birds across Scotland.  The project is open to anyone with an interest in waders and is currently supported by a wide range of charities, organisations and individuals, from farmers and conservationists to gamekeepers and birdwatchers.


Working for Waders aims to:

·      Raise awareness of wader decline

·      Show that declines can be reversed

·      Demonstrate the importance of working in partnership


Who are we?

Working for Waders is a collaborative project which is bringing together a wide range of organisations, government bodies and individuals.

We are all working together to reverse the decline of charismatic and iconic farmland species, from major national charities like RSPB Scotland and the BTO to individual farmers, crofters and gamekeepers.

Current Working for Waders partners are shown below, but the project is always keen to hear from people and organisations  with an interest in wader conservation, so please contact us if you can offer help or support!


Privacy Notice for Working for Waders Project

The Working for Waders Initiative is a collaboration of organisations (“our”, “we”, “us”) working together to tackle the decline of wading birds in Scotland (“the Initiative”).  Please visit our website ( for a full list of collaborating organisations. The Heather Trust and other collaborating partners are Joint Data Controllers over any personal data we process about you for the purposes set out in this Privacy Notice.  If you have any concerns about our processing of your personal data please contact [Anne Gray, Director, Heather Trust, PO Box 7749, Lochmaben, Lockerbie, DG11 9 AE T. 01387 723201  E.].


Where do we get your personal data from, what are we processing and why?

We collect your personal data via our survey questionnaire or via our website.  The personal data that we will collect may be your location and contact details. 

By completing the survey you are consenting to us using your personal data for the Initiative, including populating a Working for Waders map available on our website, and contacting you with information about your involvement in the project. Our legal basis for this will be consent.

Provided you consent, we may also contact you about the Working for Waders Initiative and to invite you to relevant events. Our legal basis is consent.  

At Working for Waders events, should you come along, we may take photographs and videos and use these to promote the Initiative via our communication channels which include our website, our Facebook page @workingforwaders, our Twitter account @forwaders and Instagram #workingforwaders.  Our legal basis for this is that it is in our legitimate interest to promote the Initiative by showcasing events.


Will we share your personal data with any other organisation/third parties?

We may share your personal data with the James Hutton Institute, for the purposes of populating and managing the Working for Waders map available on our website which is accessible by members of the public.  If you have any questions on how Hutton processes your personal data, please contact their data protection officer at

Other than set out above, we will not share your personal data with any other organisation or third parties without seeking your prior explicit consent. An exception to this would be where we are required to share your personal data in accordance with law or any regulatory requirement to which we (the collaborative partners) are subject or where we are undergoing a corporate restructure.


How long will we keep your personal data?

We will keep your data until the end of the initiative.


Your Rights

·                If we are relying on your consent, you can withdraw your consent at any time, at which point we shall stop processing your personal data in that way.  Please note this does not affect the legality of our processing up to the date of your withdrawal of consent.

·                You can seek to restrict our processing of your personal data, ask us to rectify any personal data we hold about you or object to us processing your personal data for the purposes stated above. 

·                You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) if you think that we have infringed your rights. You can find more information about reporting a matter to the ICO at the following link:

·                You have the right to access personal data held by us about you.

·                In certain circumstances you have the right to ask us to provide you with your personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format to allow you (or us on your behalf) to transmit this information to another party.  More information can be found at

·                In certain circumstances you have the right to ask us to erase the personal data we hold about you.