Hand reared SBS with white leg flag shortly after release (c) roland digby

Hand-reared spoon-billed sandpiper spotted after flying quarter-way round the world

A rare hand-reared spoon-billed sandpiper has been spotted for the first time in the wild, more than 8,000km from where it was released. 25 of the critically endangered birds have been raised over two years by an Anglo-Russia conservation team on the Russian tundra, before being relea
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Record sightings of spoon-billed sandpipers and Nordmann’s greenshank in China

A record total of 140 spoon-billed sandpiper and 1,200 Nordmann’s greenshank have been surveyed on the coast north of Shanghai, China, strengthening the case to protect the intertidal wetlands there from development. Much coastal wetland along the East-Asian Australasian Flyway
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Wader flock in the Gulf of Martaban

See spoonies in Myanmar and support their conservation

As a reader of this blog you might be considering booking a holiday this winter to go and see spoon-billed sandpipers for yourself. Well, we’re pleased to tell you that there is the opportunity to do both that AND help support the spoon-billed sandpiper conservation breeding programme
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Rare sighting of marked spoon-billed sandpiper on migration

A rare sighting of a marked spoon-billed sandpiper on migration was reported last weekend from Rudong mudflats north of Shanghai. The critically endangered bird was identified by a lime green plastic flag on its leg marked ‘01’ that was attached by scientists from Birds Russia on its
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Male adult spoon-billed sandpiper, shortly after arriving at the Meinypilg'yno breeding grounds (c) Roland Digby

PHOTOS: Giving spoon-billed sandpipers a helping hand

Here is a gallery of images from this year’s expedition to headstart spoon-billed sandpipers in Chukotka. Enjoy!
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Young spoon-billed sandpiper (c) Nicky Hiscock

Spoon-billed sandpiper numbers boosted by conservationists

Critically endangered spoon-billed sandpipers fledglings have increased in number by a quarter in 2013, after conservationists intervened to hand rear chicks. As few as 100 breeding pairs remain in the wild, rearing just 60 young between them each year on average. The 16 additional ha
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Young spoon-billed sandpiper (c) Nicky Hiscock

Headstarting spoon-billed sandpipers – Roland’s account

Roland and Nicky returned from Russia last week, after a successful expedition headstarting spoon-billed sandpipers. They’re taking some well-earned time off now, but Roland still kindly gave us a debrief: From my perspective this year was so much better. We learned a lot last year be
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Spoon-billed sandpipers get help from Leica Camera AG

The critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper has been given desperately needed financial help by German optics company, Leica Camera AG. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and their partners are attempting to stabilise the spoon-billed sandpiper population, which numbers fewer than
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Spoon-billed sandpiper chicks are doing well

Roland, Nicky and the team have been without internet for the best part of a week, but last night Roland sent some notes on what’s been happening. All the eggs hatched okay in the end. One chick was badly positioned in the egg and needed assistance once it became apparent that it was
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‘Headstarted’ spoon-billed sandpipers hatch

Twenty critically endangered spoon-billed sandpiper chicks have hatched under WWT’s expert care in the Russian Far East. Conservationists took the eggs from the wild, in order to protect them from extreme weather and predators. The first hatched early last Wednesday morning and they c
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