Threatened Waterfowl Specialist Group

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The TWSG was established in 1990 and is coordinated by the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT), as part of the specialist group network of Wetlands International and the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Profile: Download here

Aims of the Group

Identify which Anseriformes taxa are globally threatened, monitor their status, produce international action plans, and carry out and exchange information on conservation projects on globally threatened Anseriformes. To date, the TWSG has helped bring about about major advances in the conservation of many threatened waterfowl, such as the Hawaiian Goose, Red-breasted Goose, White-headed Duck and White-winged Duck.

Group co-ordination

Chair: Baz Hughes, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge, Glousetershire GL2 7BT, UK. T:  +44 1453 891172. E: [email protected]  

Global Assistant Co-ordinator: Glyn Young, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Les Augres Manor, Trinity, Jersey JE3 5BP, UK. T: +44 1534 860032. E: [email protected] 

Regional Co-ordinator for Africa, Eurasia and the Middle-East: Andy Green, Wetland Ecology Dept., Doñana Biological Station-CSIC, C/ Américo Vespucio s/n, 41092 Sevilla, Spain. T:  +34 954 466700.  E:[email protected]

Regional Co-ordinator for North America: Tom Rothe, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, 525 W 67th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99518, USA. T:  +1 907 267 2206. E: [email protected]  

External website: WWT


Membership of the TWSG is free. In December 2013, the membership worldwide included 253 individuals from 67 countries. We encourage members active in threatened waterfowl conservation to submit articles to the group’s bulletin, to contribute to Action Plans and to take part in activities such as workshops and other international meetings. The most active members are also members of the IUCN SSC.

Bulletin TWSG News

All members receive the group’s annual bulletin, TWSG News. The bulletin disseminates new information on status and threats, promotes the exchange of information between conservationists in different countries, and encourages participation in threatened waterfowl conservation. Bodies receiving the newsletter include government departments, NGOs, academic institutions, commercial companies, zoos, captive breeders, environmental consultants, travel companies, publishers, environmental activists, other IUCN/SSC and Wetlands International Specialist Groups, and professional and private individuals with an interest in conservation.

TWSG News editions 13 – 16 can be dowloaded from here.

List Server

The TWSG-Forum list-server provides a vehicle for the on-line exchange of information about globally threatened or near-threatened Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans and screamers). To subscribe, please contact the Chair at the address above. To circulate a message to all TWSG Forum members, send your message to: [email protected]. When submitting information please note that we may include such items in future issues of TWSG News.