Martin is usually found looking after the acclaimed wildfowl reserve at WWT Slimbridge but for the Chukotka expedition he dusted off his feathery fingers for a return to the world of aviculture, to deliver some hands-on bird care. One of Martin’s passions is wading birds and his skills as a birdwatcher were invaluable in searching out the handful of breeding pairs of spoon-billed sandpipers in the hundreds of miles of coastline along this stretch of the Russian Far East.
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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