Working for Waders is taking active steps to reverse the decline of wading birds in Scotland.

Much of this work will depend upon the support and backing of people across Scotland - whether you are a farmer, forester, birdwatcher or rambler, we need you you to get involved and spread the word!

If you're involved in work to conserve waders in Scotland, please take a moment  to fill out our online survey to let us know about it.

If you'd like to find out more about the project, send an email to or contact us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


These are early days for the project, but we have identified eight initial actions to get things started.

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1. Identify wader priority areas

This will help to inform decisions about where to focus management and other conservation-related actions for waders.


2. Produce a Wader Project Map

Develop and expand the map showing local action for waders across Scotland.

3. Explore Wader Facilitation Fund

Work up concept for ‘farmer cluster’ working for wader conservation in future agri-environment schemes to inform future facilitation fund.

4. Identify solutions to blockages to working collaboratively

Produce short report identifying main issues and proposing practical solutions to blockages.


5. Carry out wader monitoring & conservation in East Scotland

Based on continued farm survey, advisory, liaison and management planning work.


6. Develop wader fieldwork guidance

Develop guidance material to help a wide variety of stakeholders select the most appropriate field methods for collecting information on wader numbers and productivity.


7. Scope a Wader information Hub

An information Hub will provide a central repository for wader data to allow the outcomes of ongoing management and monitoring to be widely reported and shared.

8. Produce Best Practice Guidance on waders

Produce Best Practice Guidance on managing land for waders as part of the Principles of Moorland Management.