Nemo

Another apology for the lack of blog posts. Things are still a bit busy here! Nige and Nicky are fine and the 17 chicks are thriving, although one has a bit of a leg problem which is worrying us, but we hope it will pull through. It may have fallen over and injured itself (these birds
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Spoon-billed Sandiper chick (Paul Marshall)

How do they do it?

For the past nine days, since the eggs arrived at Slimbridge, Nige and Nicky have worked non-stop. And I mean quite literally non-stop – 24 hours a day – grabbing two hours of sleep here and there in between checking the eggs and chicks. Their only breaks to see the outside world are
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For anyone who wants more video…

…here’s seven minutes of otherwise unedited footage of the final leg of the eggs’ journey, their arrival at WWT Slimbridge, Nige and Nicky checking the eggs, the eggs hatching…and the first SBS chicks to hatch in the UK!  
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24-hour old Spoon-billed Sandpiper chick (Paul Marshall)

The first pictures and video

Once again, apologies for the intermittent and brief posts this week. For Nige and Nicky it has been full-on, 24 hours a day, looking after the rapidly growing chicks and checking the as-yet-unhatched eggs. So…what has been happening? Well, after the eggs arrived at Slimbridge l
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One happy man (back at Slimbridge)

The day the eggs arrived in the UK

This year I was gutted at not being part of the WWT team collecting the eggs as they had inconveniently arrived on a day I had “important meetings” so it was Rebecca Lee (Senior Species Conservation Officer), Sacha Dench (Head of Media) and Paul Marshall (our Web Manager) who got the
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A brief but exciting update …

Many of you will have been anxious to hear some news today so our apologies for not posting sooner but things have been rather hectic! This is just a brief update to say that Nige and 20 Spoon-billed Sandpiper eggs arrived at Heathrow in the early hours of this morning. By mid-morning
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Sandpiper Sex Ratio

We have learnt some very promising news regarding the sexes of our twelve strong flock of spoon-billed sandpipers. We were recently informed of the sexes of almost all of the birds which includes at least four females – hooray! This gives us a ratio of four females to seven males with
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One of our spoon-billed sandpipers gives its first adult call and some sadder news

Our flock of spoon-billed sandpipers are showing clear signs of maturing. All the birds have started to moult from juvenile into their first winter plumage, which is a polished silvery white like a suit of armour. During a recent evening feed all the birds were being particularly nois
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New footage of the spoon-billed sandpipers

Enjoy this video of the birds enjoying a splash in the pool in their new room    
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The sandpipers move to their new enclosure

Nicky writes: It has been a particularly exciting week at spoon-billed sandpiper HQ. After a couple of weeks’ preparation work, the 2nd wintering room was ready for the birds to move into. The heaters were cranked up to optimum temperature, the heat lamps hung, the pool filled with ci
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