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16th of September is Plover Appreciation Day!

Posted Saturday 12th September 2015 at 12:18 by Rick and Elis
Plover Appreciation Day is a designed to raise awareness about the problems that these ground nesting birds face, especially at this time of year in the southern hemisphere where the breeding season is about to get under way. As these birds inhabit many places that are popular with humans for recreational purposes such as beaches, lake shores, wetlands and grasslands they often come into conflict and we all know who comes off second best in that particular competition don't we?
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Critically Endangered waders.

Posted Tuesday 21st July 2015 at 23:20 by Rick and Elis
The list of Critically Endangered waders makes grim reading; Black Stilt, Jerdon's Courser, Sociable Lapwing, Javan Lapwing, St Helena's Plover, Eskimo Curlew, Slender-billed Curlew and Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

Of these Jerdon's Courser, Javan Lapwing, Eskimo Curlew and Slender-billed Curlew are almost certainly already extinct.
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Frustration for the Australian Wader Study Group team tracking migrating Little Curle

Posted Sunday 12th July 2015 at 14:58 by Rick and Elis
All four satellite transmitters on Little Curlews which were sending out regular signals until mid-May have now stopped transmitting. From elation just a few weeks ago when five birds carrying transmitters set off from north-west Australia we are now extremely disappointed that everything seems to have come to a complete halt. http://www.waderquest.org/2015/07/fr...der-study.html
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A day away from the office on the Essex coast.

Posted Friday 10th July 2015 at 21:46 by Rick and Elis
We have been meaning to visit the place where I saw my first Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderlings and Grey Plovers for some time, Point Clear in Essex. In the event it was slightly disappointing as the tide was rising and had come too high to have much mud visible but we did come across a couple of Eurasian Oystercatchers and Common Ringed Plovers at the point as well as seeing a pair of Little Terns avoiding a family playing with their dog on the shingle bank.http://www.waderquest.org/2015/07/a-...sex-coast.html
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New world waders in an old world setting.

Posted Monday 15th June 2015 at 17:57 by Rick and Elis
The pull of not one, but two Nearctic vagrant waders to see so close to each other on the southern shores of the UK, was too much to resist. We had managed too suppress our desire to go and look at the Greater Yellowlegs for some time, but it remained long enough in the area that when a Hudsonian Whimbrel showed up just along the coast, we were unable to resist any longer. http://www.waderquest.org/2015/06/ne...d-setting.html
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