Swale Wader Group


The Swale Wader Group is an informal group of amateur birdwatchers and ringers (banders) who study the waders and other birdlife of the Swale in North Kent, UK.

The Group has operated ringing sites at a number of locations around the Swale since 1960 and has ringed over 26,000 birds in this time - mainly waders. Regular Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) surveys are carried out in the area to monitor populations of visiting estuarine birds the breeding populations of the local waders and birds of prey are assessed, too.

All the members of the Group are volunteers and the ringing is carried out as part of the national bird ringing scheme organised by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).

The scientific aims and results of our efforts are explained on this website, together with some of the highlights of our work from the last 50 years.

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Opportunities exist for ringers with all permit classes to take part in wader ringing throughout the autumn. Our season normally begins in mid-July and runs through to the end of the year. Anyone interested should contact us by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the contact form.

Monday 22nd October 2018

One of the delights of wader ringing and why so many of us stay up on cold saltmarsh for half the night is the unexpected. The first bird we caught on Monday was a Curlew with a ring.

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Sunday 8th October 2018

In near perfect conditions for catching waders on Sunday night/Monday morning (8/9 October) a team of nine caught 105 birds.

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Sunday 9th September 2018

There were few birds at the day time roost on Harty in August and September so it was more in hope than expectation that we went ringing on the night of 9/10 September. Fortunately counts during the day are not always a guide to what happens at night and we ended up catching 83 birds of 12 species.

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