Nigel is WWT’s Head of Conservation Breeding, heading up projects for common crane, Madagascar pochard and spoon-billed sandpiper. With nearly 30 years’ hands-on experience, he has worked in the UK and abroad with all but ten of the world’s 163 wildfowl species and all of the world’s flamingo species. He and colleagues developed husbandry techniques and manuals resulting in WWT gaining global recognition as an ex situ conservation centre of excellence. He has been directly involved with a number of re-establishment projects, including successful conservation breeding programmes for MacQueen’s Bustard in the United Arab Emirates, five species of wildfowl in Trinidad & Tobago and the translocation of the Critically Endangered Laysan teal from Laysan to Midway Atoll in Hawaii. He has led successful conservation breeding egg-collecting expeditions to Kazakhstan (MacQueen’s bustard), Germany (common crane), Madagascar (Madagascar pochard) and Far East Russia (spoon-billed sandpiper).
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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