Voluntary Wetland Wader Surveyor, Strathspey and Glenlivet

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Project Description:
  • Did you know that Strathspey is home to the largest population of breeding waders in malinland UK?
  • Could you spare three days in 2020 to help the Strathspey Wetland Wader Initiative (SWWI) continue their survey of this nationally important population, which began almost 20 years ago? 
  • You don't need prior experience, and training will be provided!

What's the project all about?

Next spring sees the start of the 2020 Strathspey and Glenlivet Wader Surveys and we are looking for volunteers to help us with the surveys. The surveys take place across 70 survey areas and cover 100 or so farms.


Strathspey supports the largest population of breeding waders in mainland UK. Although led by the RSPB the Strathspey survey is an integral part of the work of the SWWI. The Strathspey Wetland and Waders Initiative (SWWI) is a partnership of organisations such as RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Cairngorms National Park Authority, National Farmers Union Scotland, Scottish Agricultural Collage and a number of independent agricultural agents. The overall aim of the partnership is to work with farmers, crofters and landowners to safeguard wetland and farmed wader habitats to conserve the nationally important breeding wader population in Strathspey. The survey began in 2000 and has been repeated every 5 years, the surveys provide valuable information to landowners and helps the partnership carry out its work. Volunteer surveyors helping us carry out the surveys are vital to its success. 


Glenlivet and Tomintoul are two other important areas for waders in the Cairngorms. The RSPB have been working here since the 90’s and beyond, monitoring breeding waders and working with farmers and landowners to help conserve populations of breeding waders. Recently the RSPB have been working with the TGLP Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership /The Peesie Project)  2020 is the final year of the TGLP project and we are surveying all the farms involved to demonstrate the success of the partnership and inform the legacy work of The Peesie Project/TGLP.   


What's involved with the voluntary role?

We will hold 'Welcome' and training events in early 2020 to demonstrate the survey methodology and provide some ‘on the ground’ wader surveying experience.


We will then allocate you a survey area in a breathtakingly beautiful part of Strathspey or Glenlivet and Tomintoul. Surveys will involve recording breeding wader behaviour during 3 visits to a survey area. The timings of the visits are:

  • Visit 1 = 18th April – 8th May
  • Visit 2 = 9th May – 29th May         
  • Visit 3 = 30th May – 19th June

Survey visits need to be made during 4 hours after dawn or 3 hours before dusk, avoiding cold, wet and windy weather. Some survey areas are smaller than others but all will involve walking over rough ground for a number of hours, so you do need to be physically fit and confident in the outdoors.


I'm interested, how do I find out more?

We'll be holding a 'Welcome and Information' session for anyone who would like to get involved early in 2020, so please contact Vicky using the details below if you would be interested in finding out more. We can then find a date that is convenient for as many people as possible, and begin the training sessions!

Volunteers Needed:
Contact Us   
Project Meeting
CNPA Head Office, 14 The Square, Grantown on Spey, PH26 3HG

Project Organizer: Vicky Anderson
07340 384 182
Project Category:
Species monitoring/recording


Registration for this project is not open for self-registration. Please contact the event organizer listed above for assistance with registration for this project.