White MA resting at the monument, 4 June 2016.

All hands on deck: the 2017 breeding season is imminent

It’s that time of year again! The monitoring and headstarting team have arrived at the breeding grounds in Meinypil’gyno, Russia to await the return of the spoon-billed sandpipers, and at WWT Slimbridge, we’ve moved birds to breeding aviaries and the singing and nest scrap
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Spoon-billed Sandpiper, XT, resplendent in summer plumage. Photo by Guy Anderson.

Spring tagging in Jiangsu, China: update from Dr. Guy Anderson

From Guy Anderson In October 2016, we fitted satellite transmitters to three Spoon-billed Sandpipers on their autumn moult and migration staging area in the south-west corner of the Yellow Sea; in Jiangsu province, China. The tags performed very well and tracked these birds south and
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The locations of CT (green), HU (blue) and ET (yellow) over the last month. (Map data ©2017 Google, SK telecom, ZENRIN Imagery ©TerraMetrics).

Where have the tracked spoonies spent the last few months?

The last time you heard from us about the birds that are being satellite tracked was on the 17 November last year. Why no news since? There simply hasn’t been much to report. But no news is good news. The birds have all spent the non-breeding season at the sites they were last r
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Reporter Xu looking for illegal nets on Dongting Lake in Hunan, Central China

Final episode of ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’ tonight at 7pm on Channel 4

The final episode of the stunning documentary series ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’ airs tonight at 7pm on Channel 4 in the UK. Don’t miss it! This episode, called ‘For a Better Future’, sees little Gama studying at the largest Tibetan Monastery in Ch
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Seda Monastery, the largest Tibetan Monastery in the world

Silent Spring: Episode 4 of ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’ tonight at 7pm on Channel 4

Episode 4, ‘Silent Spring’, of the documentary series that is telling the story of the current environmental struggles in China featuring the spoon-billed sandpiper is on the UK’s Channel 4 tonight (Saturday 26 November) at 7pm. The fourth episode in this series of f
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Phil Agland filming spoon-billed sandpipers on the coastal mudflats of East China

From Death Comes Life: Episode 3 of ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’ Saturday at 7pm on Channel 4

Episode 3, ‘From Death Comes Life’, of the documentary series that is telling the story of the current environmental struggles in China featuring the spoon-billed sandpiper is on  the UK’s Channel 4 tomorrow night, at 7pm on Saturday 19 November. The third episode in
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HU near Xitou, China, 17 November 2016. Photo by Jonathan Martinez.

Satellite tagged bird spotted and photographed in China

Today, Jonathan Martinez managed to catch-up with one of the satellite tagged spoon-billed sandpipers, HU, near the port town of Xitou in Guangdong province, China. HU has been at this site since the end of October, arriving a few weeks after being tagged on the Jiangsu coast. Jonatha
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Why ET, HU or CT might lead us to missing spoonie sites

With the third spoon-billed sandpiper on the move, Prof. Rhys Green gives us his insights on why these three birds could lead us to as yet unknown sites, and how that could have important implications for conservation efforts. From Prof. Rhys Green The journeys of the three tagged spo
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CT on his way south, 13 November at 10.27 UTC. (Map data ©OpenStreetMap)

The third tagged spoonie CT is off!

A satellite fix has just come in showing that the third tagged spoon-billed sandpiper has made a move away from the Jiangsu coast! CT, presumed to be male, has been at the Tiaozini mudflats on the Jiangsu coast since he was tagged in early October. His female counterparts made their m
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China: Between Clouds and Dreams continues on Channel 4 on Saturdays at 7pm

Local heroes battle to save their environment: Episode 2 of ‘China: Between Clouds and Dreams’ tonight at 7pm on Channel 4

The documentary series that is telling the story of the current environmental struggles in China featuring the spoon-billed sandpiper continues in the UK on Channel 4 at 7pm tonight (Saturday 12 November). In Episode 2, ‘Local Heroes’, the stories introduced in the first e
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