The 2015 headstarted birds move to their wintering grounds

A fourth bird from our 2015 cohort of headstarted birds was resighted n 16 November, this time in the Gulf of Thailand. Although the image is a little grainy the bird was identified as: P7 (pink left), a bird that was last seen in Chukotka on 3 August, aged 27 days old. The observer M
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Headstarting continued: more great news from further along the flyway

The physical component of headstarting for me finished on 2 August, but the reality is that work never stops with any aspect of this project. There is always planning and preparation for the next year and, most excitingly for me, there are the reports from further along the flyway. On
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Hitting the ground running

Together with ‘SBS in China’ I am leading a group of international wader experts (Guy Anderson from RSPB, Richard Hearn from WWT, Ewan Weston from Highland Ringing Group and David Melvile from New Zealand) who have come to China to help Professor Chang Qin of Nanjing Normal University
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Countdown to Spoonievision Live

In our world, this is going to be as big as the Super Bowl! Spoonievision Live is the first ever chance to see behind the scenes of the Saving the Spoon-billed Sandpiper conservation breeding programme. Going out in two days time, Spoonievision Live will be hosted by long time support
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A Stirring of Spoonies

Today is one of the most important days in the calendar of the 2015 Headstarting expedition and a very important one in the recovery of the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. Today is the day the WWT and Birds Russia team release the birds they have known from the newly-laid egg stage….  t
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The one and only photo from Meina!

Sorry for the silence everyone. It’s been all hands to the pumps, both here at Slimbridge and in Meina. What’s more the team in Meina are struggling with one of the dodgiest internet connections they’ve had in recent years, but we can now reveal the one photo and only photo they’ve ma
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A little help from a British rarity

Final preparations are underway to head from the UK to Russia for the 2015 spoon-billed sandpiper breeding season. But before I go, it’s time to check in for a little help from the UK’s largest amphibian collection at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Including this lovely female natterj
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Roughing it gives great rewards!

We are just back in Yangon having spent the last 8 days on an expedition to resurvey the waders that winter on the upper Bay of Martaban. The team consisted of Nigel Clark from the BTO, Guy Anderson, Graeme Buchanan and Rhys Green from the RSPB, Geoff Hilton from WWT and five ornithol
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Spoon-billed Sandpipers in Myanmar: a tourist’s account

An international team has just arrived in Myanmar to survey Spoon-billed Sandpipers in the Gulf of Mottama. While we wait for their news, here is an account of a recent holiday visit to the country from Sash Tusa. The tide was still rising, and we had agreed to postpone lunch for the
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