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.

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

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2019 Projects


1. Strathspey Wetland and Wader Initiative

To increase the number of breeding waders in Badenoch and Strathspey by working with farmers, land owners and crofters to help them to carry out positive management on farm land.

2. Components for farmer facilitation and collaboration based on wader conservation

To encourage practitioners to collaborate through deployment of simple mapping and monitoring techniques.

3. South Uist Machair Grassland Habitat Restoration

To bring a rush dominated area back in to production for the benefit of grazing animals and the biodiversity of this important habitat and to establish working relationships with crofters in South Uist.

4. Clyde Valley Waders Volunteer Survey & Monitoring

This work will enable volunteers to undertake wader survey and monitoring work across South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire and West Lothian.

5. Glen Clova Resurvey Project

A repeat survey, 5 years after the last survey, to provide an update on the wader population and habitats across the area.  This will allow feedback to land owners to inform positive management for waders.  


6. Thrumster Curlew Recovery Project Part 2

To complete the work undertaken in 2018/19 there will be one land manager event, one community event, bird and habitat surveys across farms and estates and production of maps and management recommendations for farmers.

7. Method for collecting wader information from farmers

Develop and trial reliable method for collecting information from farmers about breeding waders on their land. 

8. Developing fieldwork guidance material

Use the fieldwork methods guidance to develop materials suitable for dissemination to and use by the relevant individuals, projects and organisations. 

9. Wader Information Hub – Funding Proposals

To put together proposals to potential funders, in order to find the resources necessary to deliver a functioning Information Hub. 

10. Wader Project Map – Phase 2

Maintain, update and further develop work done in 2018/19.

2018 Projects


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.