GRAHAM APPLETON

Waders: a cause for concern

Graham is the author of the popular blog WaderTales, which is read by wader and shorebird enthusiasts around the world. He takes newly-published research papers and works with their authors to promote the understanding and conservation of this increasingly threatened group of birds.

Graham got bitten by the ‘wader bug’ back in 1974, when he met the late Clive Minton and other members of Wash Wader Ringing Group. During his first career as a teacher, birdwatching was a hobby but it became part of his job when he started working for British Trust for Ornithology in 1997. He was Director of Communications when he took early retirement at the end of 2013, since then he has focused more on writing and on occasional broadcasts. He is also the Treasurer of the British Ornithologists’ Union.

Graham was a regular contributor to Shooting Times, delivering bird science to the hunting community, but now concentrates on WaderTales. In 2020, he was awarded the Dilys Breese Medal for promoting the BTO’s wader research to a wider audience.

A must for the shorebird lovers out there!