The move has been welcomed by RSPB Scotland with whom the Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) is often at odds.
The SGA says that ground nesting waders such as lapwing, curlew and plover breed up to three times more successfully on grouse moors, due to heather burning and legal predator control by gamekeepers.
The SGA has declared 2014 the Year of the Wader and will invite all grouse moors in Scotland to report counts in an attempt to provide an accurate picture of how waders are faring on keepered land.
The SGA says Scotland has lost 56% of its lapwing and curlew in only 17 years, with conservationists blaming climate change and habitat loss through farming practices.
However the gamekeepers say that unless the Scottish Government listens to practical land managers, waders could pass the point of no return. They cite Wales as an example, where 75% have been lost in the last few decades.
"It is clear that new conservation responses are needed to help our vulnerable ground nesting birds," said SGA Chairman, Alex Hogg.
"Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money has been spent on costly habitat programmes through the advice of conservation bodies."
"Our keepers, who have physically protected and work to protect curlew, lapwing and plovers on their ground for years, have been warning that this is happening. We have an imbalance in our uplands that needs to be addressed by government before Scotland goes the same way as Wales." An RSPB Scotland spokeswoman said: "We are pleased that the SGA is pledging to support wading birds such as curlew and lapwing. This suite of species is suffering worrying declines."