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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 09:45-14:15 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 V.2 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


Saturday 1 December 2018

2.20 m high tide at 16:33.  Meeting time 16:00.

Meeting Place:  At the end of Davenport Dr on the southern boundary of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Clubhouse.

QWSG has an access agreement for the wader roost. Under the conditions of the agreement, participants must wear enclosed footwear and will be required to sign a form acknowledging responsibility for their own health and safety, including:

•       wearing protective clothing at all times (eg. hat, sunglasses) and using sunscreen

•       drinking water to avoid dehydration

•       using insect repellant if necessary

•       telling a leader about any health issues that may affect taking part in the field trip

•       if feeling unwell, or concerned about someone else being unwell, immediately telling a group leader or another participant

•       immediately telling a group leader or another participant about any injury suffered (including a slip, trip, fall and snake bite) or hazard that may cause injury to someone.

Anyone who does not comply with these conditions will not be allowed to enter the site or asked to leave.

The gate will be locked after we enter the site and late arrivals will not be able to enter.

Participation in this field trip is strictly limited to those who have registered with the leaders. Please do not just turn up on the day without registering.

Leaders: Arthur and Sheryl Keates 3843 1874 or 0490951661.


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.

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.