David has been working on shorebirds and wetland conservation in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway for more than 40 years – he ringed his first two spoon-billed sandpipers in Hong Kong in 1980 at a time when the species was still a regular, but uncommon, spring migrant. Currently based in New Zealand, he spends several months each year studying shorebirds along China’s Yellow Sea coast. He joined the Nanjing Normal University SBS ringing team in Jiangsu in 2015 and 2016.
The spoon-billed sandpiper conservation breeding programme is a collaboration between WWT, Birds Russia, Moscow Zoo and the RSPB working with colleagues from the BTO, BirdLife International, ArcCona and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force.
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