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Wader Atlas receives award for Best British Bird Book of 2009


 The book An Atlas of Wader Populations in Africa and Western Eurasia published by Wetlands International was awarded third prize in the 2009 Best British Bird Book of the Year Competition. This book - also known as the Wader Atlas - was produced jointly with the International Wader Study Group.

The Wader Atlas aims to support the conservation of waders and their habitats in Africa, South-west and Central Asia and Europe. The 90 wader species in the region rely heavily on a network of healthy wetlands for their survival. Many of these sites are however critically endangered. “An extremely important work, not least for the conservation of the species involved. It really is a milestone publication (…), an impressive and innovative compilation of numbers, distribution and the movements of waders”, the judges stated.

The information presented in the numerous maps, tables and text articles of the Wader Atlas were derived from a great number of sources, including the International Waterbird Census (IWC) coordinated by Wetlands International. This census combines the results of waterbird counts undertaken by thousands of volunteer birdwatchers in over 100 countries.


Recognition of the work

Simon Delany, principal editor of the Atlas and waterbird conservation specialist at Wetlands International, said “It’s excellent to get this recognition for the large team of writers and editors who put the book together, and for the even larger numbers of researchers and waterbird counters whose work is included.

We hope the book will be useful to decision makers whose policies affect waterbird conservation, but it is also aimed at scientists, birdwatchers, and those who spend time in the places graced by these wonderful birds”.

Photo: Barr al Hikman wetlands in Oman, a top site for waders. By Pieter van Eijk. (click to enlarge)


Buy the Wader Atlas

Online at NHBS: An Atlas of Wader Populations in Africa and Western Eurasia


More information:

Visit our website for more information on the Wader Atlas:

Read the press release on the Wader Atlas: Wader populations decline faster than ever

Visit the page of the Wader Study Group



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