Celebrating wader conservation
What’s in a name? Whether you call them shorebirds or waders, the decline of these birds, which feed on the edge of the tide, is shocking. About 50% of the world’s wader populations are in decline and the rate of habitat loss has never been worse.
World Shorebird Day started last year to raise public awareness of the conservation and research into these species and their habitats. Find out more on the World Shorebird Day website.
On this day, we are really excited to have heard that Kuwait has become the 169th signatory to the Ramsar Convention for the protection of wetlands of international importance. We have been working in Kuwait with the Public Authority for Agriculture & Fish Resources, the Environment Public Authority (EPA) and the Kuwait National Focal Point to monitor numbers of waterbirds using areas of Kuwait Bay. Many of the species we have counted over the last year have been waders. Congratulations Kuwait for taking the step to protect wetlands and wetland species.
Marie Banks counts waterbirds in Kuwait
Spoon-billed Sandpiper release from one of WWT’s groundbreaking conservation programmes