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What’s Happening at QWSG over the next few months?

*** NEW Wader Course***

QWSG is pleased to announce it is holding a wader course on Saturday 15th December with lectures 09:00-13:00 and a field visit to the Manly Roost in the afternoon. Registration is open now, please download the form QWSG WADER COURSE FLYER 15 DEC 2018 for more information and to apply.


The monthly count programme happens all year round, have a look at the count page for dates and if your interested in getting involved contact the Count Coordinator  for more information.

The count dates for  our count program are published on the count program page. Please note we are desperately short of counters so if you’re interested and can commit a little time each month to count a site, or act as a backup for a site please get in touch, we really need your help and Linda Cross would love to hear from you.

Banding occurs regularly, from October to February, at a range of sites. This is always subject to weather so dates are only arranged at relatively short notice. Please contact Jon Coleman if you are interested in coming along to help out with banding and see below for more information.

Please do note that much of our fieldwork involves access to private land and also permits to conduct work in many cases. As a result we do have to consider insurance and also access and permit restrictions when inviting new members along.  This means, that although normally we love to involve new people, it can sometimes take a while before we can do so.

Far-Eastern Curlew and Whimbrel tracking

For updates on the migration tracking of these two species please use this link to see regular updates as the birds are tracked on their migration north.

Wader ID Days

Watch this space for dates.


Watch this space for surveys.

Wader Counts

As a group we count every month of the year and are always looking for new counters, particularly so at the moment. Contact the count coordinator if you’re interested in getting involved. Please note you need to be a member of the group for insurance purposes. Take a look at he count program page and contact our count coordinatorr if you would like to be involved

Wader Banding

QWSG have a program of shorebird banding throughout the year and we welcome helpers who want to come along, assist, learn about banding and potentially get involved in banding longer term.

Tuesday 9th September: Lytton Claypan, Evening Mistnetting

Saturday 13th October:  King Street, Thornlands, Evening Mistnetting

Saturday 27th October: Manly Artificial Roost, Morning Cannon Netting

Sunday 28th October: Geoff Skinner Reserve, Evening Mistnetting

Saturday 8th December: Port of Brisbane, Morning Cannon Netting

Sunday 9th December: Lytton Claypan, Evening Mistnetting

Saturday 12th January: Manly or Port of Brisbane, Morning Cannon Netting

Saturday 26th January: Manly or Port of Brisbane Cannon Netting (Targeting Lesser Sandplover)

Numbers may be limited so anyone wishing to attend must ensure they have spoken to the organiser before trying at attend. If you are interested in helping out please contact Jon Coleman at Jon Coleman for more information. For insurance purposes you will need to be a member of either Birds Queensland or the Queensland Wader Study Group.